U.S. Western States Entering A Thousand Year Drought?

Updated posting re: America – Great Water Wars
corn.drought Source California cuts off water to agencies serving millions

John Entsminger said “the arid situation actually may not be unusual for the West. We know from the paleo-tree ring record that the 20th century was one of the wettest centuries of the last 1,200 years.”

Friday, January 31, 2014. Amid severe drought conditions, California officials said they won’t send any water from the state’s vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland.

Farmers in California’s Central Valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country, also draw water from a separate system of federally run reservoirs and canals, but that system also will deliver just a fraction of its normal water allotment this year.
The announcement affects water deliveries planned to begin this spring.

State Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin said “there simply is not enough water in the system to meet the needs of farmers, cities and the conservation efforts that are intended to save dwindling populations of salmon and other fish throughout California.”

California would have to experience heavy rain and snowfall every other day from now until May to get the state back to its average annual precipitation totals, according to the Department of Water Resources. Pobept said “this is not a likely ‘realistic’ event.

State officials said 17 rural communities are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months. Wells are running dry or reservoirs are nearly empty in some communities. Farmers and ranchers throughout the state already have felt the drought’s impact, tearing out orchards, fallowing fields and trucking in alfalfa to feed cattle on withered range land.

The drought is highlighting the traditional tensions between groups that claim the state’s limited water for their own priorities — farmers, city residents and conservationists.

Now a word from Pobept. Do the math. California’s 40 million residents will flush more than 400 million gallons of water down toilets and kitchen sinks into the sewer systems Everyday Yes 400 million gallons everyday! That’s over 145 billion gallons of water down the sewer every-year. California and other western states can not last very many years with that kind of water usage and decreasing rain fall and winter snow packs.

Where will current and new companies find water needed to to support their business and manufacturing. Where will California and other western states labor force move to when the tap runs dry?

What will American farmers, ranchers and consumers do when the southwestern U.S. ranch and farming industry can no longer grow berry, fruit, nut and vegetable crops because they ran out of water for livestock operations or to continue food production?

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8 responses to “U.S. Western States Entering A Thousand Year Drought?

  1. History repeats itself over and over again, but mankind is a poor student.

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  2. We who live in the desert SW have seen this coming for years. Most are oblivious to the impending shortages and subsequent disaster. The creators of the Mad Max / Thunderdome movies (while the focus therein was fossil fuel) had the scenario right, along with how mankind is likely to react when precious resources literally dry up. Good of you to create awareness. Keep on!!

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    • Re Eric Tonningsen Thanks for visiting my little blog and for your comment(s).
      World wide more and more farm and livestock water is being diverted to cities for drinking/cooking/washing/toilet water as well as for grass and landscaping use.
      happy rainy summer gardening

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  3. Without water, things can be very tough.

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    • Re wordsfromanneli In this area there are many ‘dry-land’ farms and livestock growers. Meaning that you do not have underground water to pump or access to river or lakes to water your farm land and are 100 percent dependent on rain fall to make a crop or have a crop failure. Livestock producers must own/rent thousands of acres of grass land to graze a few hundred head of cows. Water for livestock must be hauled to them daily.

      Hope you get rain when you need it most.
      Happy summer gardening

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  4. An all too familiar theme – the Murray-Darling Basin in south-eastern Australia is our problem area. It has long been a heavy food cropping area with irrigation from the river but the allowances have been cut back to ave the river. Then there are the salinity problems and of course the ever-increasing demand for food, water and land.

    But the decision-makers just don’t get it when it comes to making real long-term changes instead of knee jerk reactions.

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    • Re Fairy Thanks for visiting my little blog. and for your comment(s). Unlike many city dwellers, farmers and ranchers know that water comes from some place other than their sink tap. They know water is not cheap to pump or pipe to their farms and ranches from lakes and rivers. Most work very hard to conserve and efficiently use every drop of water they do have. They know without a reliable, ample supply of water they will be forced out of business and off the land.
      Happy productive rainy summer gardening

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