Southern Californian water cut by 30% next year

The Hoover Dam is a key part of the water ristribution of the southwest USThe South of California is a very precarious economy. California boasts between the fifth and tenth biggest economy in the world if viewed as a separate entity, with Los Angeles alone being an economy comparable to all of Russia. One of the main things that makes California so competitive is its agriculture, which makes it the fifth biggest provider of food in the world.

The farms, vineyards and homes of Southern California depend on a great complex construction of dams reaching out to the surrounding states. Drought in the Colorado River is causing huge problems downstream as more people move to the west coast. The supplier, Metripolitan Water District, predicts a dry spell cutting up to 30% of supply to farmers next year, the biggest set of drought conditions since 1991. California is a paradise but the climate and supply lines it is founded on are in a delicate balance that climate change may tip into unsustainability.

[photo by Steven Pagel]

3 thoughts on “Southern Californian water cut by 30% next year”

  1. Desalination for agriculture or human consumption is doable but energy intensive and expensive. The vast amounts of sun California receives make it plausible that in a few decades this could mostly be solar-powered, though.

  2. Lose the rice paddies, the cotton fields, and the golf courses, and I think California would do just fine. Unfortunately, all three have heavy lobbying mojo, so it looks like the rest of us will have to pay for these water-wasting follies.

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