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, and brushing.
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 economy.
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.