California farmers are taking a huge economic hit as the
drought’s impact deepens, with crop and livestock losses
estimated at $1 billion this year alone, and an additional
out-of-pocket cost of some $454 million to pump groundwater to
partially replace surface supplies, according to a new study.
Researchers at Climate Central have put together a handy tool
which lets you see just how bad summers will get by 2100, if
global warming predictions are accurate and nothing is done to
stop the upward trend.
As California’s drought really starts to bite–the mandatory
water use restrictions approved by the state Tuesday are just the
beginning–questions are bound to be raised about the
indescribably wasteful use of water to retail bottlers.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Voices
on Water Blog, in a post by ACWA Executive Director Tim Quinn:
The State Water Resources Control Board took the unprecedented
step yesterday [July 15] of ordering mandatory conservation
measures to address California’s deepening drought. Less than 24
hours later, pop star Lady Gaga released a public service
announcement urging Californians to save water.
Back in February, pop superstar Lady Gaga got permission to fill
the pool at Hearst Castle for a music video shoot. Among the
conditions of the deal was her participation in a public service
announcement promoting water conservation, which earned her a
letter of thanks from Gov. Jerry Brown.
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “It’s Our
Environment” blog, in a post by André Villaseñor:
Recently, I thought about water quite a bit while my daughters
and I were camping in Joshua Tree National Park. To survive three
days in the desert, we brought 15 gallons of water. We were able
to thrive on less than 12 gallons, including drinking, cooking,
On Tuesday, amid evidence that existing conservation measures are
not working, the State Water Resources Control Board took the
unprecedented step of declaring certain types of water waste a
criminal infraction similar to a speeding violation.
With rainfall this year at historically low levels and reservoirs
quickly dwindling, California officials on Tuesday approved the
most drastic measures yet to reduce water consumption during the
state’s increasingly serious drought, including fines of up to
$500 per day under some circumstances for watering a garden,
washing a car or hosing down a sidewalk.
The State Water Resources Control Board today adopted emergency
regulations that allow local water agencies to levy fines up to
$500 a day for people who waste water outdoors. Board Chair
Felicia Marcus says collecting money isn’t the goal.
On the same day state water regulators approved daily fines up to
$500 for wasting water, scientists released a report saying the
drought will put a $2.2 billion dent this year in California’s
Facing a historic drought and rising water demand, California
regulators on Tuesday imposed unprecedented, statewide
restrictions on outdoor watering that include potential stiff
fines for those who refuse to comply.
California’s agricultural industry is facing $1 billion in lost
revenue this year from the state’s worst drought in decades and
could pay about $500 million for additional groundwater pumping,
a new study said.
University of California researchers now expect California’s
drought to cost the state’s agricultural industry $2.2 billion in
crop losses and higher costs and wipe out 17,000 seasonal and
part-time farm-related jobs.