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Drought and Deluge

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Drought often have significant environmental, economic and social impacts:

  • Shortages of water for agricultural, industrial, municipal and personal uses.
  • Death of livestock.
  • Crop failure, reduced crop yields.
  • Wildfires are more common during periods of drought.
  • Dust storms created by drought-enhanced land erosion and by desertification.
  • Malnutrition, dehydration and related diseases.
  • Famine due to lack of water for irrigation.
  • Social unrest.
  • Mass migration, resulting in internal displacement and international refugees.
  • War over natural resources, including water and food.
  • Reduced electricity production due to insufficient available coolant for power stations and reduced water flow through hydroelectric dams.
  • Snakes have been known to emerge and snakebites become more common.
  • Creates windblown dust bowls which erodes the landscape, damages terrestrial and aquatic wildlife habitat. (Source)

US Drought Monitor


Objective Long Term Drought Indicator Blend Percentiles


Objective Short Term Drought Indicator Blend Percentiles


To view regional drought conditions, goto US Drought Monitor and click on the map. State maps can be accessed from regional maps.

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  9. Recent California storms won’t stop water cutbacks

  10. feww said

    gettheconcept – that’s an ecological reality. The key to California’s salvation from drought is the good old fashion snow–lots of it!

    Unfortunately, there won’t be much for sometime. The long-term pattern has changed dramatically, leaving only one destiny ahead of us: ‘Mojavefication’ [desertification of California.]

    http://feww.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/image-of-the-day-folsom-lake/

    http://feww.wordpress.com/2008/09/28/calif-heading-toward-a-major-crash/

    http://feww.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/canceling-natures-life-insurance-policy/

  11. feww said

    Latest on LA water status:

    Los Angeles nears water rationing

    http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE51H0AL20090218

  12. Lake Mead marinas have completely dissapeared:

    http://www.sunsetcities.com/lake-mead/drought00.html

    Recent developments in water issues have Las Vegas Casinos prepared. They own agriculture water rights to Pahrump Nevada just in case.

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  22. Feeding Farmers to the Fish!

    I took a drive this week from Sacramento to Los Angeles, and had an eye opening experience. Down the entire length of the 5 freeway, we saw not the green luscious fields of produce or green orchards laden with fruit, but dusty dead and dying orchards. Rows after row, acre after acre, miles after mile of them, perfectly formed, perfectly helpless….lifeless.

    By way of explanation, these signs dotted the dusty dry roadside: “Congress Created Dust Bowl. Thank You Sacramento!”

    My lawn is green. My kids have plenty of water to spray in the yard, yet California’s orchards aren’t getting a drop this year despite the best rainfall in three years and five reservoirs filled to over capacity.

    There’s no doubt that we’re in a drought, but why the sudden drop in water availability only for farmers? Are the politicians in Sacramento more concerned about the plethora of city votes than the small handful of agricultural ones? We will all be paying for Sacramento’s blunder. The Central Valley provides up to 8% of the nation’s fresh produce.

    Watching the staggering waste just made my heart ache. We had to pull over and take pictures. The contrast with past green was stark—it takes 30 years to build an orchard like this up to full production! Almonds, walnuts, citrus… Why do we have green lawns while these resources are left to die?

    Dead and Dying–California’s Central Valley Dust Bowl—these are pics from my drive:

    http://beetlebabee.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/dead-and-dying-californias-central-valley-dust-bowl/

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