Western Water Crisis Is Expanding

Western US water crisis worse than thought

Nasa study finds dramatic loss of underground water in Colorado River Basin

By ,US Correspondent of London Telegraph

8:24PM BST 24 Jul 2014

Photo by Bureau of Reclamation/NASA

The water crisis in the south west of the US is likely to worsen according to a new study carried out by the American space agency and University of California.

Research has found that the Colorado River Basin, the prime source of water in the region, is being sucked dry.

Only last week California announced daily fines of $500 (£300) for residents who water their lawns with nearly four fifths of the state being classified as being under “extreme” and “exceptional” drought conditions.

The Colorado River is the only major river in the southwestern US, with the basin supplying water to 40 million people in seven states and irrigating around four million acres of farmland.

In California, the basin is a key source of water for Los Angeles and San Diego.

The new study is the first to look at the role of groundwater in the parched region and has been carried out against a backdrop of a severe drought dating back to 2000.

A series of monthly measurements have shown that over nine years the Colorado River Basin lost nearly twice as much water as Lake Mead, Nevada – the country’s largest reservoir.

“We don’t know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don’t know when we’re going to run out,” said Stephanie Castle, a water resources specialist at the University of California, Irvine.

“This is a lot of water to lose. We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking.”

Jay Famiglietti, the senior water cycle scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, warned the findings have long term implications for the entire region.

“The Colorado River Basin is the water lifeline of the western United States,” he said.

“With Lake Mead at its lowest level ever, we wanted to explore whether the basin, like most other regions around the world, was relying on groundwater to make up for the limited surface-water supply.

“We found a surprisingly high and long-term reliance on groundwater to bridge the gap between supply and demand.

“Combined with declining snowpack and population growth, this will likely threaten the long-term ability of the basin to meet its water allocation commitments to the seven basin states and to Mexico.”

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Drought Crisis: Ingenuity Reigns

  Editor's Note:

Have you heard of the expression:  "Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

That's what Californians are facing with the water crisis.  The state is going to fine $500 for water use beyond emergency measures.  The local communities are going to fine $500 for not watering your lawn because of fire hazard and aesthetics.

​So what happens?

American Ingenuity!  A new business of painting your lawn grass to look like it is healthy.

Although sad, this article is also a hoot!  Americans don't have to be held done unless they choose to be.  Think about it!​

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Painters color match parts of the lawn that are still green using dyes mixed with water, and sprayed onto the grass.

SoCal Homeowners Spray-Painting Lawns Green To Avoid Water Fees During Drought

by Gregg Rosenblum July 20, 2014 7:04 PM from www.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/ A man spray-paints a lawn in Southern California during a severe drought. (CBS)

A man spray-paints a lawn in Southern California during a severe drought. (CBS)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS SF) — Homeowners in Los Angeles are facing tough choices in keeping their lawns green during a devastating drought, pushing some far enough to spray paint them.

Business for lawn painters like Kerry McCoy is booming now that the state is sanctioning homeowners for excessive water use.

“As soon as the water sanctions hit, and as soon as people find their water bills rising, they’re looking for ways to cut back on their expenses, and that’s when they start calling,” she said.

More: KPIX Drought Coverage

McCoy says the grass doesn’t die completely, and when winter rains come, the lawn will turn green again on their own.

Read more on the California Drought at http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/07/20/socal-homeowners-spray-painting-lawns-green-to-avoid-water-fees-during-drought-grass-spray-paint-sanctions-water-bills-excessive/

20 Signs The Epic Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic

                Editor's Note:           

As I have shared before California crops controls the food prices in your shopping cart

The following article by Michael Snyder, Guest Columnist, says it all.

Previously I shared the research of crops in which California is number 1 supplier on March 15th.      http://survive-thrive.us/california-commodities-statistics/.  It is time you revisit that article.

You need to be stocking up now on those foods your family prefer​s in which California crops have a stranglehold on your grocery cart.

I have observed that Thrive Life during the last two quarters a larger than usual increase on meats, eggs and dairy products.  I suspect they will continue to rise but at a lesser rate than your grocery store price increases.  Why?  We have less costs and middlemen.

Those that do not heed the warning to stock up on commonly used items in an effort to cost average and mitigate inflation will pay a much higher price.  Is failing to plan being a wise steward over the resources you've been given?

Regardless of whether you grow your own food, purchase at a co-op or use Thrive, please stock up!  Inflation can also create temporary supply disruptions.

20 Signs The Epic Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic

By Michael T. Snyder, Guest Columnist, of the EconomicCollapseBlog.com

July 15, 2014​

When scientists start using phrases such as "the worst drought" and "as bad as you can imagine" to describe what is going on in the western half of the country, you know that things are bad.  Thanks to an epic drought that never seems to end, we are witnessing the beginning of a water crisis that most people never even dreamed was possible in this day and age.  The state of California is getting ready to ban people from watering their lawns and washing their cars, but if this drought persists we will eventually see far more extreme water conservation measures than that.  And the fact that nearly half of all of the produce in America comes out of the state of California means that ultimately this drought is going to deeply affect all of us.  Food prices have already been rising at an alarming rate, and the longer this drought goes on the higher they will go.   Let us hope and pray that this drought is permanently broken at some point, because otherwise we could very well be entering an era of extreme water rationing, gigantic dust storms and crippling food prices.  The following are 20 signs that the epic drought in the western half of the United States is starting to become apocalyptic...

#1 According to the Los Angeles Times, downtown Los Angeles is now the driest that it has been since records began being kept all the way back in 1877.

#2 The California State Water Resources Control Board says that nearly 50 communities are already on the verge of running out of water.

#3 In a desperate attempt to conserve water, the state of California is considering banning watering lawns and washing cars.  Once implemented, violators will be slapped with a $500 fine for each offense.

#4 It has been reported that a new social media phenomenon known as "drought shaming" has begun in California.  People are taking videos and photos of their neighbors wasting water and posting them to Facebook and Twitter.

#5 Climate scientist Tim Barnett says that the water situation in Las Vegas "is as bad as you can imagine", and he believes that unless the city "can find a way to get more water from somewhere" it will soon be "out of business".

#6 The water level in Lake Mead has now fallen to the lowest level since 1937, and it continues to drop at a frightening pace.  You can see some incredible photos of what has happened to Lake Mead right here.

#7 Rob Mrowka of the Center for Biological Diversity believes that the city of Las Vegas is going to be forced to downsize because of the lack of water...

The drought is like a slow spreading cancer across the desert. It's not like a tornado or a tsunami, bang. The effects are playing out over decades. And as the water situation becomes more dire we are going to start having to talk about the removal of people (from Las Vegas).

#8 In some areas of southern Nevada, officials are actually paying people to remove their lawns in a desperate attempt to conserve water.

#9 According to Accuweather, "more than a decade of drought" along the Colorado River has set up an "impending Southwest water shortage" which could ultimately affect tens of millions of people.

#10 Most people don't realize this, but the once mighty Colorado River has become so depleted that it no longer runs all the way to the ocean.

#11 Lake Powell is less than half full at this point.

#12 It is being projected that the current drought in California will end up costing the state more than 2 billion dollars this year alone.

#13 Farmers in California are allowing nearly half a million acres to lie fallow this year due to the extreme lack of water.

#14 The lack of produce coming from the state of California will ultimately affect food prices in the entire nation.  Just consider the following statistics from a recent Business Insider article...

California is one of the U.S.'s biggest food producers — responsible for almost half the country's produce and nuts and 25% of our milk and cream. Eighty percent of the world's almonds come from the state, and they take an extraordinary amount of water to produce — 1.1 gallons per almond.

#15 As underground aquifers are being relentlessly drained in California, some areas of the San Joaquin Valley are sinking by 11 inches a year.

#16 It is being projected that the Kansas wheat harvest will be the worst that we have seen since 1989.

#17 The extended drought has created ideal conditions for massive dust storms to form.  You can see video of one female reporter bravely reporting from the middle of a massive dust storm in Phoenix right here.

#18 Things are so dry in California right now that people are actually starting to steal water.  For example, one Mendocino County couple recently had 3,000 gallons of water stolen from them.  It was the second time this year that they had been hit.

#19 At the moment, close to 80 percent of the state of California is experiencing either "extreme" or "exceptional" drought.

#20 National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Boldt says that this is "the worst drought we probably have seen in our lifetime".

Most people just assume that this drought will be temporary, but experts tell us that there have been "megadroughts" throughout history in the western half of the United States that have lasted for more than 100 years.

If we have entered one of those eras, it is going to fundamentally change life in America.

And the frightening thing is that much of the rest of the world is dealing with water scarcity issues right now as well.  In fact, North America is actually in better shape than much of Africa and Asia.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled "25 Shocking Facts About The Earth’s Dwindling Water Resources".

Without plenty of fresh water, modern civilization is not possible.

And right now, the western United States and much of the rest of the world is starting to come to grips with the fact that we could be facing some very serious water shortages in the years ahead.

So what is the solution?