Californians were recently warned that water levels in the San Luis Reservoir were dangerously low and that water deliveries from the project would likely be shut down as early as this weekend.
The San Luis Reservoir supplies water to the Santa Clara Valley, San Benito County as well as farmers in the Central Valley. As of July 22nd, the reservoir stood at 11% of total capacity (226k AF) which puts storage well below the levels recorded during the driest season recorded in 1976-1977. This news comes in spite of a robust rainy season in California with YTD precipitation roughly 16% higher than the long-term average and over 200% higher than the driest 1976-1977 season.
So, why are California’s reservoirs drying up in spite of a solid rainy season? The answer lies in the environmental regulations implemented to protect the Delta Smelt, a 5-7cm fish and endangered resident of the California Delta. Regulations designed to protect the non-native species have prevented pumping of water from the California Delta in Northern California leaving many reservoirs in Southern California empty. So rather than take advantage of a solid rainy season the State of California has opted to squander the opportunity to refill its water infrastructure and pump the water through the San Francisco bay and into the Pacific Ocean instead. Continue reading »
The hopes of an El Nino-driven refill from last summer’s plunging levels of the nation’s largest reservoir have been dashed as AP reportsLake Mead water levels drop to new record lows (since it was filled in the 1930s) leaving Las Vegas facing existential threats unless something is done. Las Vegas and its 2 million residents and 40 million tourists a year get almost all their drinking water from the Lake and at levels below 1075ft, the Interior Department will be forced to declare a “shortage,” which will lead to significant cutbacks for Arizona and Nevada. As one water research scientist warned, “this problem is not going away and it is likely to get worse, perhaps far worse, as climate change unfolds.”
Water tankers are being sent to the worst-affected areas as a severe drought is accompanying the intense heat.
A record temperature has been set in India, where the mercury rose to 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 Fahrenheit) in the north-western town of Phalodi.
The previous record of 50.6 Celsius had stood for 60 years. Continue reading »
When we last checked in on everyone’s favorite Latin American socialist paradise, Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents “had gone crazy.” Or at least that’s how Maduro described the situation in a “thundering” speech to supporters at what he called an “anti-imperialist” rally in Caracas in mid-March.
Meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators had been holding counter-rallies calling for the President’s ouster. Maduro angered the opposition – which dealt Hugo Chavez’s leftist movement its worst defeat at the ballot box in history in December – the previous month when he used a stacked Supreme Court to give himself emergency powers he says will help him deal with the country’s worsening economic crisis. Continue reading »
There’s a global sugar shortage and it’s even bigger than we expected
The global sugar shortage expected to hit in 2016 will be even more severe than expected because of droughts caused by El Nino.
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Folsom Lake in drought-stricken northern California has risen ~90 feet in the same time, says reader H.B. Schmidt.
“The website, cdec.water.ca.gov, maintains daily, monthly, and annual reservoir records going back at least to 1985,” says H.B. “It is extremely interesting what the data reveals if you’re willing to search for it.
“For example, the last El Niño in 2010-11 replenished virtually all the major reservoirs managed by the state water board after the droughts began in 2007. Yet at Trinity Lake in northwestern California, from 1986-93 there was an equally impressive drought and decline in lake levels as seen today, and in 1977 there was a catastrophic decline to its lowest level in the past 30 years — which matches with the lowest seasonal snowfall on record at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort (94.0″, or 26.9% of average). Continue reading »
Their permit to extract water expired 27 YEARS AGO, but the corporation just kept on going. Finally, activists hope justice will be served…
Campaign group The Story Of Stuff Project have just announced they will be pursuing legal action against Nestlé for illegally extracting groundwater in California for its Arrowhead brand, which has been a key contributor to the State’s drought crisis. Continue reading »
As we reported earlier this morning, at the “request” (whatever that means in the context of Russian politics) of Vladimir Putin, Russian lawmakers have approved airstrikes in Syria and unlike the rather deliberate pace of Washington’s efforts to rout ISIS, Moscow doesn’t appear to be wasting any time.
Nothing to see here.
From CBS Sacramento:
FOLSOM LAKE (CBS13) — A Northern California reservoir ran dry overnight, killing thousands of fish and leaving residents looking for answers.
While a $3.5 million drought safety net at Folsom Lake finishes, a lake in another part of the state is left high and dry. Continue reading »
– California Droughtrage – LA County Supervisors Have Cars Washed 3 Times A Week (ZeroHedge, Aug 28, 2015):
Great news – Californians have managed to reduce water usage by 31% in July, surpassing the mandated 25% reduction amid the worst drought in centuries. However, this dramatic reduction is in now way thanks to local government in Los Angeles, where, as Daily News reports, the majority of LA County supervisors have their take-home cars washed two or three times a week, service records show, and actually washed them more frequently than before Governor Brown’s orders. Once again – do as I say, not as I do!
– Parts of California Have Sunk Over a Foot in Eight Months Due to Drought (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 20, 2015):
California Dreamin’ this is not.
Sounds pretty freakin’ terrifying actually. From Bloomberg:
Land in California’s central valley agricultural region sank more than a foot in just eight months in some places as residents and farmers pump more and more groundwater amid a record drought. Continue reading »
– Nestle Pays Only $524 To Extract 27,000,000 Gallons Of California Drinking Water (The Anti Media, Aug 21, 2015)
Nestle has found itself more and more frequently in the glare of the California drought-shame spotlight than it would arguably care to be — though not frequently enough, apparently, for the megacorporation to have spontaneously sprouted a conscience.
Drought-shaming worked sufficiently enough for Starbucks to stop bottling water in the now-arid state entirely, uprooting its operations all the way to Pennsylvania. But Nestle simply shrugged off public outrage and then upped the ante by increasing its draw from natural springs — most notoriously in the San Bernardino National Forest — with an absurdly expired permit.
Because profit, of course. Or, perhaps more befittingly, theft. But you get the idea. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy.
He commented here “Engineered Drought Catastrophe, Target California (Video)“:
“And Europe perhaps?”
It is all planned.
There will be hunger and civil war (also in France, Italy and Germany) in Europe after the financial collapse.
And after that the Illuminati have WW3 (no full nuclear exchange) planned for us.
– Europe hit by the strongest drought in the last 12 years (The Watchers, Aug 21, 2015):
One of the worst droughts since the heat wave of the 2003 summer season affected a large part of continental Europe during June and July 2015, European Drought Observatory (EDO) reported. The drought has been especially strong across France, Benelux, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the areas in northern Italy and northern Spain.
The drought resulted from the combination of rain shortage since April and very high temperatures brought by the heat wave in July. The combination of these conditions resulted in high plant evapotranspiration levels, and strongly affected the soil moisture content and vegetation conditions.
– A Stunning Look At California’s Historic Drought – From The Air (ZeroHedge, July 23, 2015):
“Ugly brown rings where waves used to lap at the shore. Dry docks lying on desiccated silt. Barren boat ramps. Trickles of water.” Those are just some of the disturbing images California’s Department of Water Resources team saw in an aerial tour of Northern California’s Folsom Lake, Lake Oroville and Shasta reservoirs released this week…
The dramatic aerial views timelapsed from just a year ago show the level of devastation already… and it’s not about to get any better…
Click image below for interactive gallery…
– California Water Wars Escalate: State Changes Law, Orders Farmers To Stop Pumping (ZeroHedge, July 17, 2015):
“In the water world, the pre-1914 rights were considered to be gold,” exclaimed one water attorney, but as AP reports, it appears that ‘gold’ is being tested as California water regulators flexed their muscles by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state has to protect waterways that are drying up in the drought. As usual, governments do what they want with one almond farmer raging “I’ve made investments as a farmer based on the rule of law…Now, somebody’s changing the law that we depend on.” This is not abiout toi get any better as NBCNews reports, this drought is of historic proportions – the worst in over 100 years. Continue reading »
– Stunning Dave Hodges Interview with Deborah Tavares: “From Toilet to Tap, California, Your Water Is Being Poisoned” (The Common Sense Show, June 23, 2015):
Deborah Tavares was Dave’s featured guest this past Sunday evening and she covered a variety of important topics ranging from toilet to tap reusable water that cannot fully be treated. We also discussed the contrived and artificial water shortage in California that is really not a shortage. Deborah was quick to point out that Northern California is extreme danger of burning up this summer. The ultimate goal is the mass migration of people from California.
– California looks to the ocean for water during historic drought (Al Jazeera, June 22, 2015):
CARLSBAD, California — Along the sun-dappled shores of the Pacific Ocean, the electronic signs up and down Interstate 5 flash constant reminders to save water during California’s worst drought in history.
It’s a cruel irony for residents of a state that borders water along more than 1,000 miles of coastline.
Desalination, the complicated, costly and environmentally sensitive process of drawing millions of gallons of seawater and taking the salt out to make it potable, has not been widely embraced in a state that is suffering a severe drought. Continue reading »
– Water Wars Crush California Wineries: “Whoever Has The Longest Straw Wins” (ZeroHedge, June 21, 2015):
Eerily reminiscent of the determinedly evil oil baron from the movie ‘There Will Be Blood’, Reuters reports the growing tensions amid California’s drought-stricken wineries are boiling over: “There is way too much demand. I blame a lot of vineyards like other people do… It’s a matter of who has the longest straw at the bottom of the bucket.” No one should worry though, because the government is here to help – with a new water management agency…
Between 1990 and 2014, harvested wine grape acreage in the growing region around Paso Robles nearly quintupled to 37,408 acres, as vintners discovered that the area’s rolling hills, rocky soil and mild climate were perfect for coaxing rich, sultry flavors from red wine grapes. But, as Reuters reports, in the last few years, California’s ongoing drought has hit the region hard, reducing grape yields and depleting the vast aquifer that most of the area’s vineyards and rural residents rely on as their sole source of water other than rain. Continue reading »
– California Has Never Experienced A Water Crisis Of This Magnitude – And The Worst Is Yet To Come (Economic Collapse, June 17, 2015):
Things have never been this dry for this long in the recorded history of the state of California, and this has created an unprecedented water crisis. At this point, 1,900 wells have already gone completely dry in California, and some communities are not receiving any more water at all. As you read this article, 100 percent of the state is in some stage of drought, and there has been so little precipitation this year that some young children have never actually seen rain.
This is already the worst multi-year drought in the history of the state of California, but this may only be just the beginning. Scientists tell us that the amount of rain that California received during the 20th century was highly unusual. In fact, they tell us that it was the wettest century for the state in at least 1000 years. Continue reading »
Geoengineering (HAARP and chemtrails) caused destruction.
Watch who will be buying up the land!
Water shut-offs have now begun in California, where government-ordered restrictions are starting to leave large communities high and dry. As CBS News is now reporting, the Mountain House community of 15,000 residents will run out of water in just a matter of days.
“The community’s sole source of water, the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, was one of 114 senior water rights holders cut off by a curtailment notice from the state on Friday,” reports CBS.
And just like that, the property values of millions of dollars worth of homes belonging to 15,000 residents nosedives toward zero. Continue reading »
– California Water Wars Escalate: Government Orders Massive Supply Cuts To Most Senior Rights Holders (ZeroHedge, June 13, 2015):
Just two weeks after California’s farmers – with the most senior water rights – offered to cut their own water use by 25% (in an attempt to front-run more draconian government-imposed measures), AP reports that the California government has – just as we predicted – ignored any efforts at self-preservation and ordered the largest cuts on record to farmers holding some of the state’s strongest water rights. While frackers and big energy remain exempt from the restrictions, Caren Trgovcich, chief deputy director of the water board, explains, “we are now at the point where demand in our system is outstripping supply for even the most senior water rights holders.”
With “the whole damn state out of water,”AP reports State water officials told more than a hundred senior rights holders in California’s Sacramento, San Joaquin and delta watersheds to stop pumping from those waterways.
The move by the State Water Resources Control Board marked the first time that the state has forced large numbers of holders of senior-water rights to curtail use. Those rights holders include water districts that serve thousands of farmers and others. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“And on, and on it goes.
I can’t accept this as being natural. Jetstream manipulation is a fact.
Panic & riots must be in the pipeline (sorry).
– California drought: Largest water cuts in state’s history ordered by state regulators (Independent, June 13, 2015):
– North Korea faces famine if worst drought in years continues, says South Korea (Independent, 12, 2015):
– California’s green living delusion collapses as residents start spray painting their lawns green (Natural News, May 15, 2015):
California’s green living delusion is collapsing by the day. As the drought worsens, and lawns everywhere have turned to crispy brown dead zones, desperate residents are hiring companies to spray paint their lawns green.
As California is mired by its fourth year of drought, one industry has sprouted up from the seemingly endless dry spell.
In an effort to brighten up dry and unsightly lawns, some landscapers have been offering the innovative solution of painting lawns green.
– Wal-Mart Exposed Bottling Water from Sacramento Municipal Supply in the Middle of a Drought (Liberty Blitzkrieg, May 11, 2015):
Wal-Mart is facing questions tonight after CBS13 learns the company draws its bottled water from a Sacramento water district during California’s drought.
According to its own labeling, the water in the gallon jugs appears to come from Sacramento’s water supply.
Sacramento sells water to a bottler, DS Services of America, at 99 cents for every 748 gallons—the same rate as other commercial and residential customers. That water is then bottled and sold at Walmart for 88 cents per gallon, meaning that $1 of water from Sacramento turns into $658.24 for Walmart and DS Services.
– From the CBS News in Sacramento article: Wal-Mart Bottled Water Comes From Sacramento Municipal Supply
We all know there’s a severe drought plaguing much of California. I haven’t focused on this topic much, but I did publish a very powerful post on it last fall titled: Video of the Day – Stunning Scenes from California’s Central Valley Drought. I suggest checking it out if you missed it the first time.
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– California’s “Unprecedented” Drought In Pictures (ZeroHedge, May 8, 2015):
California’s drought has reached epic proportions, prompting Governor Jerry Brown and state water regulators to adopt “unprecedented” (and some say draconian) measures to counter what is perhaps the only example of a liquidity crisis more acute than that which investors face in secondary bond markets.
Cities will be forced to cut consumption by as much as 36%, a mandate that is expected to cost utilities upwards of $1 billion, lost revenue which, as we noted earlier this week, will promptly be recouped in the form of higher prices for any consumer who isn’t a MotherFracker.
So with the state preparing to crack down on “wasters” in the form of $10,000 fines, and with more than 12 million dead trees greatly increasing the chances that wildfires could spread out of control, we bring you the drought in pictures: Continue reading »
The only proof you need that many Californians are still living in a water fairy tale is the fact that California real estate prices haven’t yet collapsed. Even as the California Governor has declared a state of emergency — and emergency water rationing is under way — there are still people purchasing commercial and residential real estate in precisely the areas that will be hardest hit by that rationing.
What is the value of a home or business that has no functioning connection to a water system? Essentially ZERO.
How many California homes and businesses are headed for a zero-water future? Many millions. Continue reading »
– California Adopts “Unprecedented” Restrictions On Water Use As Drought Worsens (ZeroHedge, May 5, 2015):
Early last month we warned that California’s drought was approaching historic proportions and that if climatologists were to be believed, the country may see a repeat of The Dirty Thirties as experts cite “Dust Bowl” conditions. Governor Jerry Brown has called for statewide water restrictions aimed at reducing consumption by 25%.
Now, the conservation calls are getting much louder as the state’s water regulators have approved “unprecedented” measures aimed at curtailing the crisis. Continue reading »