Go West Young Man…and Bring Water!

22 Mar

Bridge over Lake Oroville, CA

California has one year of water left in its reservoirs!

NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002 and groundwater depletion has been going on since the early 20th century. And even though Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas also have patches of “exceptional” drought, along with areas of Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Georgia experiencing abnormal drought, California has been the hardest hit.

But this once again is just science so we Americans are forced to take it all in with a grain of salt, even though salt may be the only export to come out of California in the future rather than the 99 percent of artichokes and walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis and plums, 95 percent of celery and garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots that California sends to the rest of us in the lower 48.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=http://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/files/2012/08/aquifers_archive.jpg&w=1484

But as this map above shows there are still a lot of fresh watery places left on Earth. It’s just that most aren’t anywhere near the dry places so perhaps we humans might think about getting busy building a few more water pipelines around the world so we could at least get some water from where a lot of it is, to the places where it mostly isn’t…but wouldn’t you know what we fight about most is where we’re going to build all of our new oil pipelines. Oh well, you know what they say, “Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink…so give me cheap gas for my car and I can drive to the store and get some.”

When you think about all of the energy that we use to get water into bottles that are made of plastic, which is created from oil, which we then discard into our oceans and landfills, where they will exist as monuments of pollution for eternity…well, it kind of boggles the mind doesn’t it?

Anyway, California and other places where severe drought has persisted, have no real contingency plans for how to replace water during extended droughts like the one California is experiencing now, and especially not for a dreaded mega-drought that might last years longer, but hopefully won’t… So what to do?

In the past, droughts have always ended when the rain finally returns…And that, spiritually and scientifically speaking, is apparently still our best and only plan.

4 Responses to “Go West Young Man…and Bring Water!”

  1. kingmidget March 23, 2015 at 2:16 am #

    There was a major drought here in California when I was a kid. I remember some of it vaguely. This drought has surpassed that one and I’m seriously concerned about how 2015 will roll out, as well as what 2016 will be like if we don’t have a very wet winter next year.

  2. Jason Preater March 24, 2015 at 7:30 am #

    In Asturias, where I live, it seems like it never stops raining, but there is apparently a problem with water here too.

  3. Jason Preater March 24, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    Don’t count on the rain!

  4. Satin Russell March 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    It’s scary, isn’t it?!

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