27 Feb 2014

Terrifying mismangement

Some aggies sent around this article (California's Drought in Two Terrifying Charts), which shows low rainfall and low water in storage.

I wrote this back:
Storage is SUPPOSED to carry over water from one year to another, in drought and surplus, but storage is low going into the drought (or more drought), which indicates that demand is too high, on an ongoing (or average) basis.

More like shot in the foot than terrifying...

Oh, and we were warned, eh?
Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous. Genesis 41:27-29
According to this, California can't even make it three years...

I'm all annoyed that everyone is screwed, but I'd prefer to turn this tragedy into a change in management to reduce harm, instead of pretending that we didn't fuck up and that it's not going to happen again.
Bottom Line: California needs to manage demand to match the water it has (The Economist agrees).


Anonymous said...

You know they have screwed up, when you need to bring god into the dialog.

David Zetland said...

I'm not bringing God as much as citing an old proverb, which means that we've known about this problem -- and its management response -- for 3,000+ years :)

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