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No, California's drought isn't over. Here's why.

Original post made on Jan 5, 2022

The state has issued emergency drought rules aimed at wasteful water use. Although snowpack is 150% of average, climatologists predict dry conditions for the rest of the season. Conservation still lags.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 8:53 AM

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2022 at 10:19 am

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The real issue is that the State has not updated and increased infrastructure in all the years the population was growing. It makes little sense that a State which depends on agriculture and tourism for so much of its economy has not prioritized water collection and delivery, let alone desalination over the past half century.


Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 5, 2022 at 11:38 am

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People can only conserve so much before any quality of life is ruined. Yes, ask California residents to do the common sense things but at some point the state needs to looks at how many people and how much agriculture can be supported with the dwindling supplies of water that we know are coming with global warming (despite recent rains).

We need state and local guided population limits and growth limits and discussions about how a stable population is arrived at by planning. We do not need constant talk of adding more people and practices that destroy quality of life and the environment. Any talk of water conservation should come with talk of limits to population in the state.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 6, 2022 at 9:50 pm

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On the news a dam near Sacramento was allowed to dispurse water when the goal is to save water. It was not a dam that produces electricity - hydropower. The news people questioned the water burea as to why they were dispering water. They said they had to because the levees around Sacramneto are not in good repair and they thought Sacramento was in danger of flooding. The whole thing does not make sense.

CA boasts about the "huge" financial war chest it has. Is that because we vote to increase taxes and create bond issues to provide infrastructure support that are not followed thorugh on? Collecting money is only an initial step in a total process. We are stuck in this part of the process. There is no follow through to
correct the problems we know we have.

That is also a complainnt on all of the federal budget assigned to school systems to upgrade facilites to protect children - air conditioning, heat, air purifications, water purification. Where has the money gone to? THey all keep asking for more money but it is not spent where they said it was going to go.

So the job here is for the water burea to identify what it is spending the budget on and how they are doing to maintain existing levees and dams. And all incoming funds be tracked as to assingment and completed projects.


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