Saturday, March 14, 2015
A Brief Season of Hope, But Dashed Hopes for a Better Year. Some Thoughts on the California Drought
We are on track in the Sierra foothills and Great Valley to end up with near-normal rainfall totals. But the score was padded in December with a record storm that dropped 7 to 10 inches of rain. It was enough to build up the moisture in the soil, and cause the flower seeds to germinate. The driest January ever recorded followed, and the dry conditions threatened the sprouting flowers. But one intense storm in February boosted their growth. There was just a bit more precipitation this week. Just barely enough to keep things green a little longer.
I can only see putting a moratorium on the planting of water-gorging trees, and letting more lands lie fallow. The state needs a groundwater policy as well, and giving it regulatory teeth. We need to take a hard look at fracking and the waste water it produces. And everyone needs to cut back on their water use. A lot. Farmers as well as domestic users.
What do you think can be done if next year is a continuation of the dry conditions?