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Will No Calif still send Water to So Calif during a Drought ?

Original post made by common sense, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Dec 26, 2013

As we all know this is probably the driest year ever. My question though , Is Northern California required to send water to Southern California during a drought? I can see several scenarios, endangered species in the Delta, farmland not getting enough water, big buck people in L.A. wanting all the water they can get.

That said, is there a plan for alleviating a serious drought in the state of California? If so, what is the plan? Anyone know?


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Posted by Yes
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Dec 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Yes per agreement water will continue to flow to Central Valley and so cal

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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Dec 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Studies indicate California and surrounding area will be more than parched in aprox 60 years. **seems a long way off and not in your life time huh?**

We can do things to stretch this time frame.

stop wasting water (turn off water when brushing)
Don't use the hose to sweep away leaves.
Water lawns at night (watering in the daytime wastes water and causes lawn burn)
Take shorter showers

I drive to LA on occasion and see the land w/o water and the lack of rainfall makes it that much worse.
Population growth/building/waste will continue to absorb the water we have until we have next to none.

Desalination is the next step, but it is high in energy, pollution and monetary cost.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 29, 2013 at 8:54 am

I agree @kb with your suggestions. The question was will we still be obligated to send OUR water at OUR expense through OUR canals to LA during this drought. That answer is always "yes".
I saw an interview from LA some years back during another horrible drought.
Several young men were standing in their front yard, with hoses running, preparing to wash their cars. The interviewer asked how they could, in good conscience, allow the water to simply run into the gutter during such a shortage. One of them picked up the hose and said "shortage? What shortage? I turn on my faucet and water runs out, we have no shortage".
The LA area is filled with idiots just like that. They get their water at extremely reduced rates from us. It is our water, pumped at our expense and they are not held accountable in any way for the waste of it.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

Water belongs to the people. It is a gift.


i rest my case...

perry mason

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Posted by Henry
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 30, 2013 at 10:18 am

VERY long range climate and weather projections - 100 years and more - have a greater than 70% probability of California and most of the west becoming parched and desert-like with no available water from the north or the Sierras. L.A. will become desert again, but so will our Tri-Valley. Californians and other westerners will need to migrate to the northwest and to Canada - the midwest and east will not have enough water for them. And surprisingly, to Southern Mexico and Central America, if only for survival. Ironically, our border fences might work against us.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Henry...dare I say tee hee hee to your comment re: border fences?

As a person of few words, tee hee hee sums it up for this one!