water

Calif. governor will withhold water from local farms this spring due to severe drought

Monday, February 10, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: water restrictions, local farms, California drought

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Delicious
(NaturalNews) As an unprecedented drought in California worsens, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has decided to take a radical measure by withholding water from many of the state's farmers come spring planting season.

As reported by The New York Times, the decision is impactful and will affect millions:

Responding to one of the worst droughts in California's history, state officials announced on Friday that they would cut off the water to local agencies serving 25 million residents and about 750,000 acres of farmland.

With no end in sight for the dry spell and reservoirs at historic lows, Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources, said his agency needed to preserve what little water remained so it could be used "as wisely as possible."


Worst drought in at least 100 years

Reports said it will be the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that allocations of water to all of the public agencies it serves are being cut to zero. And the decision is expected to force 20 local water agencies to look elsewhere for water. Many reportedly have other sources on which they can draw, like local reservoirs and groundwater.

That said, the drought has taken its toll on those supplies as well, the Times reported. Some cities, for example - especially in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area - depend almost entirely on the State Water Project, according to Corwin.

"We'll always keep basic human health and safety as highest priority," he said. "We'll try to meet those needs as best we can."

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Water District, serving much of the state's southernmost regions, receives some 30 percent of its water from the State Water Project.

Most farmers served in that region are in Kern County, located at the southern end of the Central Valley. The area is a major source of carrots.

"Our action is intended to keep as much of the remaining water supplies upstream in reservoirs," Corwin told the Times, "so we have it available for the warm period in the summer and fall."

The driest year on record in the state occurred last year. And in January, which is normally one of the wettest months, almost no precipitation fell.

Gov. Brown declared a drought emergency for the state last month. And, the Times said, despite a little moisture in a few parts of the state recently, the drought news has only worsened in the couple of weeks since he made his announcement.

"This is the most serious drought we've faced in modern times," said Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board, as reported by The Associated Press. "We need to conserve what little we have to use later in the year, or even in future years."

Calls to cut usage by 20 percent

Currently, state reservoir levels are lower than they were in 1977, which was the last time the state went through such a major drought. And this year, California's snow pack is only at 12 percent of what is normal for this time of the year. Worse, 17 rural communities are in danger of completely running out of water in just a few more months.

"[My] action is a stark reminder that California's drought is real," Brown said in a statement. "We're taking every possible step to prepare the state for the continuing dry conditions we face."

Corwin went on to say that there is not enough water to meet the needs of farmers, cities and conservation efforts intended to stave off dwindling populations of salmon and other fish in Northern California.

Brown has called on state residents and businesses to cut back water usage by 20 percent, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.sfgate.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.