Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Water rationing continues forever, CA

San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate/Kurtis Alexander, 5/9/16. "Gov. Brown orders permanent water restrictions for California." 

"Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday ordered a set of water restrictions that have helped California weather its four-year drought to be made permanent, including bans on car-cleaning and hosing down driveways as well as mandatory water reductions for cities and towns.

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There goes the fun.
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Open Space drought recreation.
The administration says it wants to be sure that the state doesn’t let up on its recent conservation success, even as rivers and reservoirs benefit from the wettest winter in five years. 'Californians stepped up during this drought and saved more water than ever before,' said Brown in a prepared statement. 'But now we know that drought is becoming a regular occurrence and water conservation must be a part of our everyday life.'
.... State officials did not say Monday what the new conservation targets will look like, only that they will be working with communities to come up with plans to take effect next year. The targets, which will have to be met on a monthly basis, will go beyond the 20 percent per-capita reduction required by 2020 under current state law." Read article.

Note photographs:  Biker by Brian Melley/AP from Observer-Reporter/US, 4/22/15, "Beverly Hills approves new water restrictions, fines".  Skiing by Max Whittaker/Getty Images from PBS/News Desk, 4/1/15. "CA governor orders water restrictions; snowpack at record low".

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Camels Nose said...

One cold night, as an Arab sat in his tent, a camel gently thrust his nose under the flap and looked in. "Master," he said, "let me put my nose in your tent. It's cold and stormy out here." "By all means," said the Arab, "and welcome" as he turned over and went to sleep.

A little later the Arab awoke to find that the camel had not only put his nose in the tent but his head and neck also. The camel, who had been turning his head from side to side, said, "I will take but little more room if I place my forelegs within the tent. It is difficult standing out here." "Yes, you may put your forelegs within," said the Arab, moving a little to make room, for the tent was small.

Finally, the camel said, "May I not stand wholly inside? I keep the tent open by standing as I do." "Yes, yes," said the Arab. "Come wholly inside. Perhaps it will be better for both of us." So the camel crowded in. The Arab with difficulty in the crowded quarters again went to sleep. When he woke up the next time, he was outside in the cold and the camel had the tent to himself.

Kathy Meeh said...

1229, and your allegorical point is: 1) here we are, 2) we caused the water shortage (through human population growth), 3) hard to get rid of new legislation, 4) we must not get rid of this new regulation (from the camels view), 5) thanks for required sharing of the water, but too bad for us; 6) import more or fewer tents for dwellings, and camels for transportation and workload (possibly reduce or replace Highway 1 traffic), or, 7) find solutions to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere, and build more desalination plants (and whatever else science has to offer) from rising ocean tides to accommodate all living beings (human and animal, plus plant life) on a progressively arid, changing climate planet?
Just wondering.

Anonymous said...

Water shortage? Yeah, right! The enviro nut cases are hamstringing Calif. the same way they are hamstringing Pacifica. And their enablers like Brown claim shortage when billions of gallons of river waters are being diverted to the delta smelts. Poor widdle fishies. So lets not only punish the entire Calif. agricultural industry, but let's punish ALL of its peeps too. Enviro-mentals hate humans. Just more proof.

amy vegan said...

The majority of agricultural water in California is used for livestock. Send the livestock to water-rich states (or better yet, go vegan) and our water problem becomes much easier to manage.

amy vegan said...

we are already in the 6th mass extinction. once we have an ice-free arctic, methane will erupt, plants won't grow. bye bye humans and all other complex life forms.

Anonymous said...

Amy, I'll bet you a steak dinner you're wrong.

Kathy Meeh (vegetarian, not vegan) said...

535, the "steak dinner" comment is offensive, regressive, and not funny to those of us who are evolved enough to recognize it is not necessary to kill animals to live.

Anonymous said...

C'mon Kathy. Don't have a cow! (see what I did there?)

Carnivore said...

Nothing better than a Filet Mignon, charred-rare and smothered in butter cooked mushrooms. yummmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Amy, if you're going to try an take on the knuckleheads in this forum, you're going to need a little extra protein in your diet for strength. I recommend the sumptuous Plover under Glass at Pathetica Joe's. If poultry is not your thing, perhaps a Snake Steak will get you pallet singing. Oh, and don't forget to wash it down with their famous Frog Grog.

The Local Libertarian said...

Everything must die to make way for the living. And if it must die, it might as well make someone else happy in the process. There is absolutely nothing immoral about eating meat. Even plants use decomposing meat as fertilizer. And some plants will even deprive other plants from getting their share of minerals/water.

Every living being just wants to survive. Being human is simply about surviving smartly. All these ethics, values, rules, emotions, behavior and other social niceties we impose upon ourselves is our attempt at surviving better, more, derive an advantage and sustain any such derived advantage over other competitors for resources. That is the only difference between humans and other life.

Actually other animals do it too. We just have learned to use language, tools and abstract thinking before most other known species.

And when humans die out some other species will replace us. And on and on it goes. The Universe doesn't care. It will do its thing regardless of whether we do our thing or not.

Anonymous said...

Local Lib: Would you like fries with that burger?

Anonymous said...

With the bull comes the bullshit. Hold the fries.