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(ABC News)   Striking before and after photos of the drought in California   (abcnews.go.com ) divider line
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2014-08-23 12:40:06 AM  
Any Cali farkers have other photos to share?  These are pretty crazy, but are a few repeat locations.
 
2014-08-23 07:39:12 AM  
images.sodahead.com
 
2014-08-23 07:41:25 AM  
Keep pumping fresh water into the desert you farkers.
 
2014-08-23 07:46:34 AM  
That's messed up.  But let's continue to mandate green lawns.


On a side note, now is a good time to maintenance on some of those bridges.
 
2014-08-23 07:51:58 AM  
"I told you so."
www.theartsdesk.com
 
2014-08-23 07:58:15 AM  

skankboy: That's messed up.  But let's continue to mandate green lawns.


On a side note, now is a good time to maintenance on some of those bridges.


Fun note. Due to its political clout, San Francisco is under no water restrictions while all rural lands are. So much for putting money where your mouth is in San Francisco.
 
2014-08-23 07:59:01 AM  
Wanna think about something mildly infuriating?

HOA's in Cali are still requiring homeowners to maintain pristine, GREEN, well watered lawns...lest the homeowner be fined for not adhering to the covenants and rules of the HOA....and ZOMGLOLBBQWHARGRABBLE PROPERTAH VALUES!!!
 
2014-08-23 08:03:00 AM  
However, these sort of things can go in cycles.  In Brisbane, there were years of drought running from 2000 to 2007 where dams dropped from 100% down to 15% and severe water restrictions.  Only 2 more years later, the dams were full again and 2 more years after that the city flooded destroying homes and the dam was in danger of overflowing and being destroyed.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-05-25/wivenhoe-and-somerset-dams/169 49 12

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000s_Australian_drought

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010%E2%80%9311_Queensland_floods
 
2014-08-23 08:04:01 AM  
They should really put more water in there
 
2014-08-23 08:04:38 AM  
Hey, It is about time Oroville made Fark.  My wife and I used to love going to a restaurant that over looked the lake, but we have not been up there for awhile as there is no lake to look at.
 
2014-08-23 08:05:34 AM  

AgentPothead: Keep pumping fresh water into the desert you farkers.


Okay for the millionth time. California has deserts. It also has forests, grasslands, wetlands, all kinds of climates. The majority of Californian agriculture is NOT done in the desert, it is done in the Central Valley, which, once again, is NOT a desert.
 
2014-08-23 08:08:08 AM  

Alison Hendrix's Craft Room: AgentPothead: Keep pumping fresh water into the desert you farkers.

Okay for the millionth time. California has deserts. It also has forests, grasslands, wetlands, all kinds of climates. The majority of Californian agriculture is NOT done in the desert, it is done in the Central Valley, which, once again, is NOT a desert.


Is now.
 
2014-08-23 08:09:02 AM  

Endive Wombat: Wanna think about something mildly infuriating?

HOA's in Cali are still requiring homeowners to maintain pristine, GREEN, well watered lawns...lest the homeowner be fined for not adhering to the covenants and rules of the HOA....and ZOMGLOLBBQWHARGRABBLE PROPERTAH VALUES!!!


That is definitely stupid, but we waste far more on inefficient irrigation than we do on lawns. If we give farmers a tax break so they can afford to get newer (and initially more expensive) irrigation systems we'd save a crap ton of water. Right now they have no financial incentive to do that and that's kind of stupid.
 
2014-08-23 08:09:51 AM  
So, you guys out in California gonna keep crossing your fingers for next year until kill every lake you have? Time to build some huge solar stills.
 
2014-08-23 08:12:19 AM  
Am I the only one who looked at the photos and really wanted to go hiking in the now dried out lakes?
 
2014-08-23 08:16:28 AM  
I pity Cali residents when the rains return - the flooding will be epic.
 
2014-08-23 08:16:46 AM  

Alison Hendrix's Craft Room: AgentPothead: Keep pumping fresh water into the desert you farkers.

Okay for the millionth time. California has deserts. It also has forests, grasslands, wetlands, all kinds of climates. The majority of Californian agriculture is NOT done in the desert, it is done in the Central Valley, which, once again, is NOT a desert.


http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/circ1182/pdf/06SanJoaquinValley.pdf

"Arid to semi-arid"
 
2014-08-23 08:16:53 AM  
Well good time to check the integrity of the bridges. Oh right, we don't do that.
 
2014-08-23 08:26:02 AM  
Should we in the Great Lakes start arming ourselves?
 
2014-08-23 08:30:11 AM  
It's so nice to lie here and listen to the rain. Very cozy.

Welp, time to go drink some water.
 
2014-08-23 08:32:11 AM  

lordluzr: Alison Hendrix's Craft Room: AgentPothead: Keep pumping fresh water into the desert you farkers.

Okay for the millionth time. California has deserts. It also has forests, grasslands, wetlands, all kinds of climates. The majority of Californian agriculture is NOT done in the desert, it is done in the Central Valley, which, once again, is NOT a desert.

Is now.


Never before has such a deep and complex truth been uttered in so few words. Welcome to my favorites.
 
2014-08-23 08:35:54 AM  

Endive Wombat: Wanna think about something mildly infuriating?

HOA's in Cali are still requiring homeowners to maintain pristine, GREEN, well watered lawns...lest the homeowner be fined for not adhering to the covenants and rules of the HOA....and ZOMGLOLBBQWHARGRABBLE PROPERTAH VALUES!!!


California governor declared state of emergency months back because of drought. HOAs can't legally force you to water your lawn in contravention to water restrictions.
 
2014-08-23 08:39:00 AM  

SquiggsIN: Alison Hendrix's Craft Room: AgentPothead: Keep pumping fresh water into the desert you farkers.

Okay for the millionth time. California has deserts. It also has forests, grasslands, wetlands, all kinds of climates. The majority of Californian agriculture is NOT done in the desert, it is done in the Central Valley, which, once again, is NOT a desert.

Without pumping in water from outside sources like the Colorado River, a whole lot of California's agricultural land would be more desert-like.  So while what you said is true, it's not exactly the natural state of the state.


It would be drier, it's a Mediterranean climate, but it's still not the same thing as a desert, and it's far from the only Mediterranean climate that's agriculturally productive. They're especially good for producing a wide variety of stuff. There are good reasons why people farm where they do, and are growing grains in one kind of a place and fruits and vegetables in another. It's not like people arrived in the desert and then randomly decided to pump water in, whereas people in other better areas couldn't figure out how to grow stuff there for some reason and it would be way more efficient to switch our agricultural areas around.
 
2014-08-23 08:40:14 AM  

Albinoman: So, you guys out in California gonna keep crossing your fingers for next year until kill every lake you have? Time to build some huge solar stills.


I think solar stills would require too much surface area. It might be better to just build a couple of nuclear plants and use the excess heat or energy to power heating coils, pump in seawater and boil it and let the steam condense over and over again till it's pure water, then flush the remains back to sea with sea water. I'm sure it wouldn't be that easy, but something needs to be done.
 
2014-08-23 08:45:23 AM  
Holy crap, the descriptions are so long they cover the "after" pictures on the mobile site.
 
2014-08-23 08:46:07 AM  
Anyone else feel like there is soon to be a surplus of cheap used boats?
 
2014-08-23 08:48:04 AM  
To add to the epic stupidity: guess which state produces and exports %80 of our bottled water.
 
2014-08-23 08:53:27 AM  

OddObject: Am I the only one who looked at the photos and really wanted to go hiking in the now dried out lakes?


I had dreams of walking through dried up reservoirs just like this and finding all kinds of awesome shiat.  Mostly knives and wallets.  lol
 
2014-08-23 08:58:27 AM  

Alison Hendrix's Craft Room: Endive Wombat: Wanna think about something mildly infuriating?

HOA's in Cali are still requiring homeowners to maintain pristine, GREEN, well watered lawns...lest the homeowner be fined for not adhering to the covenants and rules of the HOA....and ZOMGLOLBBQWHARGRABBLE PROPERTAH VALUES!!!

That is definitely stupid, but we waste far more on inefficient irrigation than we do on lawns. If we give farmers a tax break so they can afford to get newer (and initially more expensive) irrigation systems we'd save a crap ton of water. Right now they have no financial incentive to do that and that's kind of stupid.


Fark giving them tax breaks. Crank up the price of water until they see the incentive.
 
2014-08-23 09:16:20 AM  

johnny_vegas: Endive Wombat: Wanna think about something mildly infuriating?

HOA's in Cali are still requiring homeowners to maintain pristine, GREEN, well watered lawns...lest the homeowner be fined for not adhering to the covenants and rules of the HOA....and ZOMGLOLBBQWHARGRABBLE PROPERTAH VALUES!!!

California governor declared state of emergency months back because of drought. HOAs can't legally force you to water your lawn in contravention to water restrictions.


Well...I just Googled this, and it checks out.  That being said, nothing is stopping them from shaming the water conscious residents during monthly HOA meetings.
 
2014-08-23 09:18:06 AM  
Looks like a great time to do bridge maintenance.
 
2014-08-23 09:21:03 AM  
meanwhile, the likes for ice bucket challenge videos is through the roof...
 
2014-08-23 09:24:14 AM  
They'll be fine, I heard they absolutely don't need the rest of the country and in fact would prefer to be on their own since they're so big and economically powerful.

I'm sure they'll have this drought situation under control in no time.
 
2014-08-23 09:26:14 AM  

oukewldave: Should we in the Great Lakes start arming ourselves?


Toledo has already hid their water under a layer of algae.
 
2014-08-23 09:26:59 AM  
I grew up sailing on Folsom Lake.. sad to see it's dropped that much. Any California farkers know how Nimbus is doing?
 
2014-08-23 09:27:46 AM  

oukewldave: Should we in the Great Lakes start arming ourselves?


Your not already?  You are behind the curve my friend.
 
2014-08-23 09:39:08 AM  
A golf clap for ABC. I would have liked to look at your photos on my phone, but your horrible site design prevents me from doing that. Since an article on before and after pictures has to cover them with blocks of text that cannot be removed.

/idiots
 
2014-08-23 09:44:41 AM  

Nunpoo: Looks like a great time to do bridge maintenance.


Why?  At this rate, they won't need bridges.
 
2014-08-23 09:48:18 AM  
before and after photos of the drought

That drought is over?  That's great news!
 
2014-08-23 09:54:28 AM  

Alison Hendrix's Craft Room: Endive Wombat: Wanna think about something mildly infuriating?

HOA's in Cali are still requiring homeowners to maintain pristine, GREEN, well watered lawns...lest the homeowner be fined for not adhering to the covenants and rules of the HOA....and ZOMGLOLBBQWHARGRABBLE PROPERTAH VALUES!!!

That is definitely stupid, but we waste far more on inefficient irrigation than we do on lawns. If we give farmers a tax break so they can afford to get newer (and initially more expensive) irrigation systems we'd save a crap ton of water. Right now they have no financial incentive to do that and that's kind of stupid.


Droughts have a way of creating financial interest that didn't exist before. When you only get a trickle, you either invest in stretching it as far as it'll go, or you go out of business. (Most farmers are crotchety old codgers who loudly resist change and demand that things go back to the way they used to be, but reality and economics will win, eventually.)
 
2014-08-23 10:01:11 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: Holy crap, the descriptions are so long they cover the "after" pictures on the mobile site.


Just tap the picture and the description goes away
 
2014-08-23 10:04:35 AM  

Jurodan: A golf clap for ABC. I would have liked to look at your photos on my phone, but your horrible site design prevents me from doing that. Since an article on before and after pictures has to cover them with blocks of text that cannot be removed.

/idiots


It's easily removed, just tap the picture to toggle displaying the description.
 
2014-08-23 10:05:36 AM  

Jack Lambert's Missing Teeth: They'll be fine, I heard they absolutely don't need the rest of the country and in fact would prefer to be on their own since they're so big and economically powerful.

I'm sure they'll have this drought situation under control in no time.


That is a great attitude. Not sure where the rest of the country would get food without California agriculture, maybe you can eat each other?
 
2014-08-23 10:07:08 AM  

SearchN: I grew up sailing on Folsom Lake.. sad to see it's dropped that much. Any California farkers know how Nimbus is doing?


it's at 123 feet
 
2014-08-23 10:15:24 AM  

ransack.: Jurodan: A golf clap for ABC. I would have liked to look at your photos on my phone, but your horrible site design prevents me from doing that. Since an article on before and after pictures has to cover them with blocks of text that cannot be removed.

/idiots

It's easily removed, just tap the picture to toggle displaying the description.


Funny, I did try that. I figured ABC just LOVED their text since it didn't work.
 
2014-08-23 10:20:06 AM  
Looks the same way it's looked the past 30 years I've lived there. Drought + California is not news.
 
2014-08-23 10:22:21 AM  

smunns: Hey, It is about time Oroville made Fark.  My wife and I used to love going to a restaurant that over looked the lake, but we have not been up there for awhile as there is no lake to look at.


I went to the reflecting pool and it was the reflecting dirt construction dug-up pit. I still took pictures.
 
Ral
2014-08-23 10:44:00 AM  
FYI almost all of these pictures are of the same area in Lake Oroville.  However, the drought IS affecting all parts of the state quite severely.  I recently drove down 5 on the way to Vegas and the agricultural areas and the aqueduct are nearly barren.  Farmers are starting to drill for oil on their lands because they are desperate and they can't grow anything anyway.
 
2014-08-23 10:46:48 AM  

whatdoyouexpect: I still took pictures.


And? Where are they? Don't be a tease.
 
2014-08-23 10:49:27 AM  

Jack Lambert's Missing Teeth: They'll be fine, I heard they absolutely don't need the rest of the country and in fact would prefer to be on their own since they're so big and economically powerful.

I'm sure they'll have this drought situation under control in no time.


Of course we need the rest of the country: we're not going to eat all those almonds. But if you mean we need water from the rest of the country, I'd like to hear how that would work.
 
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