May 16, 2014 on 7:39 pm | In Green, Trends, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

by Jodi Summers

Water? Water? Where did it go? Last winter was one of the warmest winter on record in California. Paleoclimatologists believe it is exacerbating what could well be the region’s worst drought in 500 years…nearly all of the state’s 191 reservoirs are below normal levels.

If things don’t improve, some small communities may run out of drinking water. Farmers may need to idle 500,000 acres of farmland, resulting in billions of dollars in economic damage. The last time the water supply was as low, in the 1960s, California’s population was just less than 20m. Today, the same amount of water must accommodate twice as many people.

The chart shows reservoir storage records from California’s Department of Water Resources for all 191 reservoirs starting in 1960. Each color represents a different reservoir (though only the nine biggest are identified). The largest aren’t even in California: Lake Mead sits in Nevada and Lake Powell straddles the borders of Utah and Arizona.






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  1. An 830-unit property in Phoenix saved more than $23,000 in just one watering season. The key to the case is a computerized irrigation system that measures all of the factors that go into keeping plants and grass healthy.

    Comment by MFE — May 21, 2014 #

  2. The California High-Speed Rail Authority will hold a series of public meetings – the first public meetings in two years – in Southern California this week to discuss among other things, the route the bullet train will take between the 60-mile segment from L.A. to Palmdale, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

    “We are inviting the public and the media to attend these meetings to get the latest update on the high-speed rail project in their neighborhoods,” rail authority spokeswoman Adeline Yee wrote in an email.

    The public was invited to learn more about the approximately $67.6 billion project and ask questions. The alignment alternatives portion of the Draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statementwill include comments, according to the Tribune.

    California voters approved the project on the November 2008 ballot. It has an estimated completion date of 2028.

    Comment by Loopnet — May 22, 2014 #

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