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(Gawker)   Had any fresh fruits and vegetables lately? How about some almonds or walnuts? California produces a huge percentage of this stuff, and the state just cut farm water supplies to ... zero   (gawker.com) divider line 222
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2014-01-31 10:01:12 PM
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-31 11:59:23 PM
Motherfrackers!
 
2014-02-01 12:03:07 AM
Wait until they find out about Lake Meade.

Maybe they should move to where the food is.
 
2014-02-01 12:26:57 AM
Don't worry, things can't be that bad if they're still allowing the oil companies to use what little fresh water we have to flush oil out of the ground.
 
2014-02-01 12:27:05 AM
Maybe the fact that there's no water TO deliver might be a factor

/reservoirs ain't lookin' too good around here
//and damn little snow up top
///this is gonna suck hard come Summer
 
2014-02-01 12:44:08 AM
West Virginia is ready to send some water your way!

You did order licorice smelling poison, right?
 
2014-02-01 12:44:44 AM
Maybe growing most of the nation's food in a desert was not such a good idea.
 
2014-02-01 12:45:50 AM
Well what do you expect when you put like a brazillian people IN A FARKING DESERT.
 
2014-02-01 12:47:51 AM
ITT people who don't understand that Northern California's climate is very different from Southern California's.

/Whatever, it'll just fall into the ocean anyway
 
2014-02-01 12:48:21 AM

Oldiron_79: Well what do you expect when you put like a brazillian people IN A FARKING DESERT.


Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

/it's what I expect to happen with society when you put that many people in a farking desert!
 
2014-02-01 12:50:05 AM
Nope, no gorebull warming here.
 
2014-02-01 12:50:21 AM
Can we please ban lawns nationwide already?
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-02-01 12:51:13 AM
This summer, coming to a California town near you...

"She ran calling Wiiiiiiiiiildfire, she ran calling Wiiiiiiiildfire, she ran calling wiiiiiii-iiiiii-iiiildfiiiiii-iiiiirtrrrrrre"
 
2014-02-01 12:51:42 AM
Ha ha.

I'm anxiously awaiting when we get our 50-gal/day mandatory water rationing. We did that during the last really bad drought in 1976ish, IIRC. That was fun. Not. No flush-ie toilet, bathing every other day, no watering lawns...good times. Cannot WAIT for the screaming from the HOAs, though! Watching golf courses get brown & crunchy in the searing So Cal sun...

Of course, this could have been avoided decades ago, but why have thought for the morrow.

Oh, and in re this:

CipollinaFan: Maybe growing most of the nation's food in a desert was not such a good idea.


Most of the FOOD is not grown in a desert. Most of the LAWNS, however, are. Pro tip: You're not really supposed to have this many people south of the San Gabriel Mountains, but why plan for that either...
 
2014-02-01 12:52:29 AM
fark almonds and walnuts, avocados are what matters.
 
2014-02-01 12:54:48 AM
"Farmers pumped out the groundwater long ago, and massive state and federal water projects keep agriculture going in a place that has otherwise turned to arid and chemical-soaked fields of death."

I'm not 100% convinced that anyone should be sending their water to support agriculture in the arid chemical-soaked fields of death of farmers who long ago destroyed their own water supply.
 
2014-02-01 12:56:12 AM
Bite the pillow, I'm going in dry.
 
2014-02-01 12:56:25 AM
Too bad it is really expensive to desalinate the ocean water.
 
2014-02-01 12:56:54 AM

ZoSo_the_Crowe: Can we please ban lawns nationwide already?


Hahhahaha no.

/great lakes states need something to be proud of.
 
2014-02-01 12:59:12 AM
As a citizen of the country north of the USA, incidentally containing 20% of the world's fresh water and .5% of the world's population: every time I hear about another water shortage in our neighbours to the south, I get a tiny bit more nervous.

This shiat only seems to be getting worse. People will biatch and moan and make-do over super-expensive or no oil. They may get shooty if you do the same with water.
 
2014-02-01 12:59:24 AM
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-01 01:00:35 AM
Yeah, shiat's getting real here. This is Folsom Lake, which is a major part of the water supply for the Sacramento area. I took this pic a couple weekends ago.

scontent-a-lax.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2014-02-01 01:02:40 AM

HotWingAgenda: Bite the pillow, I'm going in dry.


and dusty.
 
2014-02-01 01:03:06 AM

Gyrfalcon: Ha ha.

I'm anxiously awaiting when we get our 50-gal/day mandatory water rationing. We did that during the last really bad drought in 1976ish, IIRC. That was fun. Not. No flush-ie toilet, bathing every other day, no watering lawns...good times. Cannot WAIT for the screaming from the HOAs, though! Watching golf courses get brown & crunchy in the searing So Cal sun...

Of course, this could have been avoided decades ago, but why have thought for the morrow.

Oh, and in re this: CipollinaFan: Maybe growing most of the nation's food in a desert was not such a good idea.

Most of the FOOD is not grown in a desert. Most of the LAWNS, however, are. Pro tip: You're not really supposed to have this many people south of the San Gabriel Mountains, but why plan for that either...


Most of the pools and golf courses are in the f*cking desert, too

/we'll send the Delta south when the pools are drained and the golf courses are xeriscaped
 
2014-02-01 01:03:14 AM
There are no sustainability problems.  Keep consuming.
 
2014-02-01 01:04:02 AM
Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.
 
2014-02-01 01:04:30 AM

make me some tea: Yeah, shiat's getting real here. This is Folsom Lake, which is a major part of the water supply for the Sacramento area. I took this pic a couple weekends ago.

[scontent-a-lax.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]


I drove up Salmon Falls Road Tuesday

/it's even lower now
//what lake?
///bet they find that plane now
 
2014-02-01 01:05:52 AM
They can't build this desalination plant fast enough. Won't be running for a couple years.
 
2014-02-01 01:05:54 AM

make me some tea: Yeah, shiat's getting real here. This is Folsom Lake, which is a major part of the water supply for the Sacramento area. I took this pic a couple weekends ago.

[scontent-a-lax.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]


Looks more like a small pond than a lake. That looks pretty farking bad.
 
2014-02-01 01:08:33 AM

JonBuck: They can't build this desalination plant fast enough. Won't be running for a couple years.


It's the perfect solution to rising ocean levels.
 
2014-02-01 01:08:41 AM

Nexzus: As a citizen of the country north of the USA, incidentally containing 20% of the world's fresh water and .5% of the world's population: every time I hear about another water shortage in our neighbours to the south, I get a tiny bit more nervous.

This shiat only seems to be getting worse. People will biatch and moan and make-do over super-expensive or no oil. They may get shooty if you do the same with water.


I find it kinda funny (funny "duh" not funny "ha-ha") when people start mumbling about getting water from the Great Lakes.

Ever look at the Great Lakes watershed?  Most of it is in Canada.  That's Canadian water.
 
2014-02-01 01:09:03 AM
TFA: "Agriculture uses most of the state's fresh water supply, around 85 percent-the remainder is split between homes and business."

Fark: "Those damn lawns!" *shakes fist*
 
2014-02-01 01:09:43 AM
I recall California shutting blocking off large amounts of irrigation water before too but it was over a tiny smelt. Protecting endangered species means cutting off resources to people.

Sucks but them's the rules.
 
2014-02-01 01:09:57 AM

JonBuck: They can't build this desalination plant fast enough. Won't be running for a couple years.


IT'S ABOUT GODDAMNED TIME

/FFS, I've been saying for YEARS this was what we needed to do
//and when we had a working nuke powerplant on the coast, we could have built one next door and had the power required right there
///But NOOOoooooo...
 
2014-02-01 01:10:03 AM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: "Farmers pumped out the groundwater long ago, and massive state and federal water projects keep agriculture going in a place that has otherwise turned to arid and chemical-soaked fields of death."

I'm not 100% convinced that anyone should be sending their water to support agriculture in the arid chemical-soaked fields of death of farmers who long ago destroyed their own water supply.


Yeah, blame it on the farmers. It's all their fault that everyone wanted to eat food on the cheap, just like it's the miners in Appalachia's fault everyone wanted power on the cheap.

You might put some blame on the agribusinesses who run the farms, sparky. The FARMERS knew a few decades ago it was insanity to keep pouring water on the fields--but the agribusinesses needed those rich, creamy water subsidies, which made it more cost-effective to keep dumping water all over the place rather than switching over to less wasteful drip-irrigation systems.

Anyway, most of the extraneous water loss isn't due to agriculture, which is extremely necessary. It's due to the bullshiat big cities like the one I live in, with its nice green lawns, nice green golf courses and parks, and water-wasting fountains, air-chilling plants and leaky infrastructure that drips water all over the desert south of Bakersfield.

I wonder how much water would be saved if we banned lawns--and ONLY lawns--in So Cal. I bet it would be a lot.
 
2014-02-01 01:10:12 AM
It's raining men.  Hallelujah oh it's not raining shiat.  I take that back.
 
2014-02-01 01:10:57 AM

macross87: Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.


Bad for glass.
 
2014-02-01 01:12:48 AM

ikanreed: There are no sustainability problems.  Keep consuming.


Don't forget: "Water is the most renewable resource there is!"
 
2014-02-01 01:13:11 AM
looks like the East coast can start importing food from europe right away
 
2014-02-01 01:13:53 AM
Also FTA:

fracking in california is done differently than elsewhere (vertically, not horizontally), so that each well will use a fraction of what it takes to fill an olympic-sized swimming pool or what a single golf course uses, every day

fark fracking - any amount of poisoned water is unacceptable - but california's water wasting problem isn't fracking, it's golf courses and green lawns and swimming pools

let's empty the pools, let the grass go brown, and water those tomatoes!


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2014-02-01 01:13:56 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: JonBuck: They can't build this desalination plant fast enough. Won't be running for a couple years.

IT'S ABOUT GODDAMNED TIME

/FFS, I've been saying for YEARS this was what we needed to do
//and when we had a working nuke powerplant on the coast, we could have built one next door and had the power required right there
///But NOOOoooooo...


Nuclear power is bad. It might explode.
 
2014-02-01 01:15:24 AM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: TFA: "Agriculture uses most of the state's fresh water supply, around 85 percent-the remainder is split between homes and business."

Fark: "Those damn lawns!" *shakes fist*


And the remaining split is heavily tilted towards industrial usage versus homes and stores/office buildings.
 
2014-02-01 01:15:36 AM

evaned: "Water is the most renewable resource there is!"


An unfortunately true statement.  The problem is that that doesn't mean it's renewable enough.
 
2014-02-01 01:16:41 AM
All the other farmers said I was daft to sow my crops in the desert, but I sowed them anyway just to show them!.  They dried up.  So I sowed a second crop, they dried up too.  So I sowed a third crop, they burned down, fell over and then dried up.  But the fourth one took.
 
2014-02-01 01:16:50 AM

JonBuck: They can't build this desalination plant fast enough. Won't be running for a couple years.


If they brought in some foreign workers it would be ready by Christmas.
 
2014-02-01 01:17:33 AM
white - no drought
yellow - abnormally dry
peach - moderate drought
orange - severe drought
red - extreme drought
maroon - exceptional drought
droughtmonitor.unl.edu
 
2014-02-01 01:17:35 AM
Its almost like scientists havent been warning about this for the last 20 years.
 
2014-02-01 01:18:14 AM
Well can't we just give them Browndo?
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Gyrfalcon: Anyway, most of the extraneous water loss isn't due to agriculture, which is extremely necessary. It's due to the bullshiat big cities like the one I live in, with its nice green lawns, nice green golf courses and parks, and water-wasting fountains, air-chilling plants and leaky infrastructure that drips water all over the desert south of Bakersfield.

I wonder how much water would be saved if we banned lawns--and ONLY lawns--in So Cal. I bet it would be a lot.


True, I thought Albuquerque and some of those type places were prettier with the desert plantings than LA
 
2014-02-01 01:18:38 AM
Ah yes, control of the food supply just in time to manufacture a crisis.  Well played Fartbongo
 
2014-02-01 01:19:02 AM

Gyrfalcon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: JonBuck: They can't build this desalination plant fast enough. Won't be running for a couple years.

IT'S ABOUT GODDAMNED TIME

/FFS, I've been saying for YEARS this was what we needed to do
//and when we had a working nuke powerplant on the coast, we could have built one next door and had the power required right there
///But NOOOoooooo...

Nuclear power is bad. It might explode.


Well, that's kinda remote

/but they can go all glowy, gamma ray, neutron sh*t crazy and do nasty things to lizards and various already weird sea critters
//I seen that on tv
 
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