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California: Where Water and Money are Drying Up

California: Where Water and Money are Drying Up

“Green” concerns stopping desalination facilities from being built have also evaporated.

The California “mega-drought” has officially gained the attention of the regulatory community.

Recently, a NASA administrator pushed the panic button hard… by saying the Golden State had less than a year of water in its reserves and that it needs to start water rationing now!

California will run out of water in 12 months, according to a NASA scientist.

The state only has one year of supply left in its reservoirs due to persistent drought and is also running out of backup groundwater, Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, wrote.

The drought means that total water storage in California, which has been in decline since 2002, has been sapped by the need to use the resource for farming, he said in the Los Angeles Times.

…Famiglietti suggested immediate water-rationing measures, which are being considered in southern California, across the state.

Color me skeptical, in a nice golden brown shade. The last time a NASA scientist chimed in on the climate, it turns out the temperatures used to tout the “hottest year ever” were chalk full of errors. Why should I trust any government scientist’s interpretation about climate policy matters when there are money and regulations to be made?

In fact, following the money in this instance is the most logical step to take! It turns out that our state’s legislators are mulling over water rate hikes.

Why?

Because previous water rate hikes, done in the name of water conservation, have actually led to use reduction. Therefore, our state took in less moneyunexpectedly.

Faced with a drought that won’t quit, officials have taken new steps to add to Californians’ discomfort — a fresh round of rate hikes. Regulators in the San Francisco Bay Area have begun the march toward charging significantly more for water, pleading that limited rainfall this spring has left them with no choice.

…The agencies have found themselves between a rock and a hard place this year, reluctant to put the squeeze on already restive residents, but strapped with mounting costs set to increase even further.

As Beau Goldie, CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, bluntly told the San Jose Mercury News, “We don’t want to raise water rates.” But Goldie and other district chiefs have targeted hikes of 30 percent or more because water conservation has slashed sales. As the Mercury News reported:

“Because they have sold less water, the agencies have lost tens millions of dollars in revenues. They also have had to spend more money on drought-related expenses such as buying extra water from outside the Bay Area to help meet demand, expanding public relations budgets to ask the public to use less water amid shortages, and offering rebates to homeowners who replace lawns with drought-tolerant plants or old, leaky appliances with water-efficient ones.”

Of course, the funding issue isn’t hurting the bureaucrats leading the water agencies either. They are still managing to find a way to water their own gardens.

A new investigation into executive pay at the four largest Bay Area water districts revealed that many of the region’s top water managers take home massive paychecks, despite the onset of a fourth year of drought in California.

…Leading the way is EBMUD General Manager Alex Coate, who earned $445,000 in salary and benefits last year, according to the report. Meanwhile, Contra Costa Water District General Manager Jerry D. Brown earned $416,000 last year, and SFPUC manager Harlan Kelly raked in $411,000. Rounding out the top four is SCVWD CEO Beau Goldie, who earned $388,o00 last year. Goldie was the only executive among the four districts whose pay did not exceed $400,000, but that recently changed when the District voted to reward Goldie with a $20,000 bonus and a $10,000 raise.

Fortunately, some savvy Californians are proposing more than rationing and rate hikes. The San Diego area will soon be home to the largest ocean desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere and 15 more are proposed across the state.

Environmental concerns that prevented these facilities from being built earlier seem to have evaporated. It is good to see reason prevail over voodoo science for a change.

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I guess that settles the science, NASA has spoken and anyone who challenges their vaulted word is a heretic to be ridiculed in the public square.

It is time that California be forced to live within it’s means.

What needs to be outlawed is the California 1-percenters trucking water into their palaces while the proles suffer.

“Faced with a drought that won’t quit, officials have taken new steps to add to Californians’ discomfort — a fresh round of rate hikes. Regulators in the San Francisco Bay Area have begun the march toward charging significantly more for water, pleading that limited rainfall this spring has left them with no choice.”

So.

Higher prices mean LOWER demand for water.

But higher prices DON’T mean lower demand for labor.

Idiots.

    MJN1957 in reply to Ragspierre. | March 16, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    There you go with that logic thing again…

    rinardman in reply to Ragspierre. | March 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Rags, I noticed your troll is running late, so I gave you a down twinkle so you won’t feel neglected. 🙂

    Have you ever noticed how many big fresh water lakes Canada has?
    Why not build a big water pipeline from Canada to California?

    Oh, wait. Obama doesn’t like pipelines from Canada.

      Ragspierre in reply to rinardman. | March 16, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      They have WORLDS of water up around the Great Lakes States.

      If you can thaw it out from all that Gorebull Warming they have up there…

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Ragspierre. | March 17, 2015 at 3:12 am

    When you control the resources, you control everything. The Left knows this. The best way to destroy the nation’s largest economic powerhouse is to attack agriculture there. Put the farmers out of business.

    California does not have a water supply problem, in spite of the problematic, decades-long population growth of illegals. There hasn’t been a reservoir of meaningful size built in California in over thirty years. What California has is an environazi and carpetbagger problem:

    http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_26444134/california-drought-why-doesnt-california-build-big-dams

    Soon, if not already, Americans across the country will see the cost of more leftist control on their local grocery store shelves.

Nothing that importing a few million more welfare-dependent illegal aliens can’t solve!

PersonFromPorlock | March 16, 2015 at 4:04 pm

This is interesting, if it’s not a scam.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to PersonFromPorlock. | March 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Even assuming that it does work as announced, it will not be applicable to the California situation. California specializes in lawfare to delay any projects. The fact that the technology was first tested in cleaning up water used in fracking means there is an instant meme to be created to get the Greenies in an uproar. All it takes is one bought judge, or enough contributions to Democrat politicians and it will be tied up by the California state EPA functionally forever. Hell, the Greenies have tied up the totally bogus and wasteful “high speed rail” in court on environmental grounds, and that is a project that has been given absolute priority by the Leftists.

    The problem is not the technology. We have the technology and ability to create/restore water projects to mitigate the problems while we work out what to do. It is the absolute refusal to accept the existence of objective reality inside the boundaries of the Peoples Republic of California.

maybe if people in CA pray to the delta smelt god it will give them some water.
or not.
after all one smelt is worth more to the world than the actual humans living there it seems.
how such a bountiful land got ruined so fast is something that future generations can use for case studies in not what to do.

    grr should read case studies in what not to do

    trying to multitask and I failed.

    Ragspierre in reply to dmacleo. | March 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Unless the smelt are competing for water with a desert solar power boondoggle.

    In THAT case, they’re just bait.

      what would happen if they all suddenly jumped up onto the solar collectors all at once?
      would the fish fry offset the power loss or would anyone even notice that the solar failed AGAIN??
      could really stink up the infrastructure.
      lets try to goad the smelt into committing solar fishi-kari.
      or is if hari-fishy?
      hairy fishy? hairy thing with fishy smell ???

      I digress….thankfully 🙂

    stevewhitemd in reply to dmacleo. | March 16, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I was wondering what ever happened to the smelt — did Sarah use them all for bait?

    On a slightly more serious note, a very cursory review of a map shows me that flowing into the various bays in the Bay Area are these things called ‘rivers’. If the rivers were used to water humans and human-raised crops and not just set aside for the smelt, there would be more water to go around, eh?

    Too bad no one has suggested this to anyone in the Bay Area, it could be a real game-changer.

      Ragspierre in reply to stevewhitemd. | March 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      The story about the solar project is real. It got whatever water it needed, and smelt be damned.

      Or dammed. One of those…

Another angle: California agriculture gobbles up insane amounts of water and is lavishly subsidized.

    Then you’ll be surprised to learn, California farmers are just about the last entity to get water. Many farmers and ranchers have already gone out of business because of Federally mandated farm water restrictions. Sacramento announced in Feb, the purchase of more water from farmers for $17 million. Water hungry farm crops are being plowed under to make way for nut trees that produce more and use less water. At the same time, farmers now have to spend thousands of dollars to guard against nut rustlers.

Midwest Rhino | March 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Too bad overwhelming debt is not faced as directly as drought.

Maybe if they couldn’t ignore the debt being run up on future generations, they’d stop entitlements and close borders, and maybe even drill for oil off the coast.

The shanty towns of illegals are ignored, as we buy their (somewhat) cheap fruits and vegies, and subsidize the gray market around shanty towns as civilizations collide. Victor David Hanson often comments on the trashing of his vineyard community.
http://www.city-journal.org/html/12_2_do_we_want.html
this is old, it’s only gotten worse

Henry Hawkins | March 16, 2015 at 5:38 pm

An enterprising young conservative could make his or herself some righteous bucks by going to California as a rainmaker. You can’t throw a rock in most of California without hitting an original 60s hippy – now in city and town administrations – who believes in the supernatural. Set your price to the size of the city or town, $500 – $50,000, for a rainmaking ritual with a 30 day guarantee. By which time (1) it may rain anyway, and (2) you’ll be long gone regardless. Buy a VW van, think up some rain-calling ritual, Birkenstock up, and I think you’re looking at a cash factory for the rest of the summer.

    big mouth.
    our discussion on this last week was supposed to be private.
    in fact it was you who insisted on NDA being signed.
    you now owe me 100K.
    thanks buddy.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 17, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I call BS. That was a Twilight Zone episode only with a horse and buggy instead of a VW van. And it wasn’t orange and there were no peace sign stickers on it, either.

    Wanna share a sugar cube? 🙂

UC Merced hydrologist, Roger Bales, pointed out last fall that California had about half as many trees as 100 – 150 years ago. The mountain rainfall and snow cover once flowed into streams and rivers to water the downstream lands. Now, the vast quantity of trees, once burned off in small wildfire burns, suck-up the water runoff and never arrives in the valley where it was once plentiful enough to feed 25% of the world’s population through California’s farms and ranches.

When trees use water through the process of evapotranspiration, it doesn’t run off into rivers and reservoirs.

“That water travels up the tree trunk and then goes out through the leaves to the atmosphere,” Bales says. And there are a lot more trees using water today than there once were.” http://blogs.kqed.org/science/audio/why-more-trees-in-the-sierra-mean-less-water-for-california/

We, the people of California, need to cut down a lot of trees to return the state to or near water self-sufficiency. But, envirofascists won’t allow that and neither will the Democrat legislature in Sacramento that relies on them for re-election.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Indigo Red. | March 17, 2015 at 3:22 am

    (wagging finger) Na a ah! There will be no logging and no forest maintenance in the Golden State. It’s bad. Just bad. The fascists would rather see it burn and dry up.

CaliforniaJimbo | March 16, 2015 at 8:20 pm

Of course Nancy Pelosi’s district (San Francisco) is exempt from water restrictions.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/20/lawsuit-asks-san-francisco-to-share-pain-on-green-/?page=all

More for me but non for thee.

So-called “green” technologies are perfectly suited to run desalination plants.

    Paul in reply to n.n. | March 16, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    actually desal goes well with a nuclear power plant. all that excess heat can be used to purify the water.

B.S., B.S., B.S., B.S. — all in the name of control, control, control, control.

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