Massive Draught in California : Feds Withhold Water To California Farmers For First Time In 54 Years

Most Americans don’t realize this, but earlier this year water levels in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan were at their lowest levels ever recorded.  The following is from a recent article by Suzanne Eovaldi

“Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels EVER RECORDED,” the US Army Corps of Engineers reported early this year. Corps measurements taken in January of 2013 “show Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have reached their lowest ebb since record keeping began in 1918.”  The chief watershed hydrology expert warns Americans that “We’re in an extremesituation.”

So what is causing all of this?  Well, of course most of the water that leaves the Great Lakes is lost by evaporation.  But the fact that water is being steadily pumped out of the Great Lakes and sold overseas is certainly not helping matters

“Plunging water levels are beyond anyone’s control,” says another expert, James Weakley. But in one of our most popular posts, last year we warned, “Lake Michigan water is being shipped by boat loads over to China! By using a little known loophole in the 2006 Great Lakes Compact, Obama minions are allowing Nestle Company to export precious fresh water out of Lake Michigan to the tune of an estimated $500,000 to $1.8 million per day profit.”  source

I have been posting on dehydrating, canning, and even learning to wax cheese and make cheese.  I am now starting to practice lacto-fermentation of vegetables for making active good bacteria for digestive health.  I have felt the pressure to do this on an active basis because of what I see coming.  California is one of our biggest food growing states!  They are suffering a massive drought.  There are problems with feeding the cows and thus dairy and meat prices will sky rocket.  If you want to take care of your family start doing the things you can do.  I believe the weather is being modified.  American’s have no idea of the crisis for water that we are facing.  No matter how much money you make, when it comes to clean air and water we are all equal in our need of it.

Spend $50.00 now on cheese and wax it so you have it later and don’t need to spend 4 times as much for what you can get today.  You can store it easily for 6 months.  I have not started dehydrating yet because the dehydrator I want is a little much right now, but I am planning.  Do not sit on the side lines.  Start now, buy extra rice, canned meats etc and set aside.

EDIT:  Everything happens for a reason and I accept that fact in my life. I am led by some reason to look into one subject then another and they all dovetail into forming a picture.  As I have looked at this drought situation and internal alarm is beginning to sound for me.  I just came across this video, and you must share this if you agree that we must start preparing by storing food and learning how to harvest clean water for our families and ultimately our country.  Please click like and share this on twitter, facebook etc..

Feds Withhold Water To California Farmers For First Time In 54 Years

Tyler Durden
Zero Hedge
February 24th, 2014

The US Bureau of Reclamation released its first outlook of the year and finds insufficient stock is available in California to release irrigation water for farmers. This is the first time in the 54 year history of the State Water Project. “If it’s not there, it’s just not there,” notes a Water Authority director adding that it’s going to be tough to find enough water, but farmers are hit hardest as “they’re all on pins and needles trying to figure out how they’re going to get through this.” Fields will go unplanted (supply lower mean food prices higher), or farmers will pay top dollar for water that’s on the market (and those costs can only be passed on via higher food prices).

Via AP:

Federal officials announced Friday that many California farmers caught in the state’s drought can expect to receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released its first outlook of the year, saying that the agency will continue to monitor rain and snow fall, but the grim levels so far prove that the state is in the throes of one of its driest periods in recorded history.

Unless the year turns wet, many farmers can expect to receive no water from the federally run Central Valley Project.

… the state’s snowpack is at 29 percent of average for this time of year.

California officials who manage the State Water Project, the state’s other major water system, have already said they won’t be releasing any water for farmers, marking a first in its 54-year history.

“They’re all on pins and needles trying to figure out how they’re going to get through this,” Holman said, adding that Westland’s 700 farmers will choose to leave fields unplanted, draw water from wells or pay top dollar for water that’s on the market.

Farmers are hit hardest, but they’re not alone. Contractors that provide cities with water can expect to receive half of their usual amount, the Bureau said, and wildlife refuges that need water flows in rivers to protect endangered fish will receive 40 percent of their contracted supply.

Contractors that provide farmers with water and hold historic agreements giving them senior rights will receive 40 percent of their normal supplies. Some contracts date back over a century and guarantee that farmers will receive at least 75 percent of their water.

One of those is the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority in Los Banos that provides irrigation for 240,000 acres of farmland.

The Water Authority’s executive director Steve Chedester said farmers he serves understand that the reality of California’s drought means it’s going to be tough to find enough water for them. “They’re taking a very practical approach,” he said. “If it’s not there, it’s just not there.”

Source

One person commented, “What is happening is that there are unmarked planes spraying metal trails into the sky.  You can see those trail lines with your own eyes.  After those metal trail lines are sprayed.  Then they hit those lines with up to 3.6 billion watts via HAARP.  This heats up the sky and evaporates any or much of the clouds coming to California.  Now what Governor Jerry Brown has the power to do is call on the 144th fighter wing to escort all planes seen spraying those metal trails on California to the ground.  Once these planes are escorted to the ground and you have proof of treason then California sues the hell out of all companies and entities involved and put cash into California and hopefully other governors in the other states do the same and we will have better weather all around.  We can fight back.”

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!!!
Very strange water theft by multinational corporations and foreign nations stockpiling our water:
From the article at the beginning of this post:

All of this is happening at a time when the U.S. is getting ready to deal with the greatest water crisis this nation has ever known.

For example, according to a Reuters article from just a few weeks ago, the state of California is currently experiencing the driest year ever recorded…

To nurture his acres of pistachio trees, Tom Coleman has long relied on water from California’s mountain-ringed reservoirs, fed by Sierra streams and water pumped from the massive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

But the driest year on record has left the reservoirs so depleted – and the delta so fragile – that state water officials say they may be able to provide just 5 percent of the water he and others were expecting for next year.

This water shortage is causing massive problems all over the state.  Just check out how a recent Fresno Bee article described what is happening to Pine Flat Reservoir…

Pine Flat Reservoir is a ghost of a lake in the Fresno County foothills — a puddle in a 326 billion-gallon gorge.

Holding only 16% of its capacity, Pine Flat is the best example of why there is high anxiety over the approaching wet season.

Gone is the healthy water storage that floated California through two dry years. Major reservoirs around the state need gully-washing storms this winter.

And further east, similar things are happening.  Lake Powell is fed by the once mighty Colorado River, and at this point the flow of water into the lake has been reduced to a “trickle”

After 14 years of drought, Lake Powell is less than half full.

Water flows into Lake Powell, nestled between Utah and Arizona, from high in the Rocky Mountains via the Colorado River. More than 30 million people in seven states depend on the mighty Colorado for water to grow crops, fuel power plants and keep cities such as Las Vegas alive. But this year, the worst drought in a century has slowed the flow to a trickle.

In August, the federal Bureau of Reclamation cut, by 9 percent, the amount of water people in the southwestern United States could draw from Lake Powell. As states and counties squabble over their allotment of water in the coming years, hydroelectric plants (including the one on the Hoover Dam) could idle, and farmers are bracing for reduced crop production.

And most Americans do not realize this, but the Colorado River does not run all the way to the ocean any longer.  If something is not done soon, even the Hoover Dam could be forced to shut down.  For much more on this, please see this article.

Just recently, the Huffington Post ran an article entitled “These 11 Cities May Completely Run Out Of Water Sooner Than You Think“.  According to that piece, some of the cities that are heading for a massive water crisis are not cities that you would normally think of…

-Salt Lake City, Utah
-Lincoln, Nebraska
-Cleveland, Ohio
-Miami, Florida
-Atlanta, Georgia
-Washington, D.C.
-El Paso, Texas
-San Antonio, Texas
-San Francisco Bay Area, California
-Houston, Texas
-Los Angeles, California

But those cities are far from alone.  The truth is that pretty much the entire western half of the country is drying up.  the following list of 15 facts about the coming water crisis is from one of my previous articles entitled “Dust Bowl Conditions Are Literally Returning To The Western Half Of The United States“…

1. The Ogallala Aquifer is being drained at a rate of approximately 800 gallons per minute.

2. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, “a volume equivalent to two-thirds of the water in Lake Erie” has been permanently drained from the Ogallala Aquifer since 1940.

3. Decades ago, the Ogallala Aquifer had an average depth of approximately 240 feet but today the average depth is just 80 feet. In some areas of Texas, the water is gone completely.

4. Scientists are warning that nothing can be done to stop the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer. The ominous words of David Brauer of the Ogallala Research Service should alarm us all…

“Our goal now is to engineer a soft landing. That’s all we can do.”

5. According to a recent National Geographic article, the average depletion rate of the Ogallala Aquifer is picking up speed…

Even more worrisome, the draining of the High Plains water account has picked up speed. The average annual depletion rate between 2000 and 2007 was more than twice that during the previous fifty years. The depletion is most severe in the southern portion of the aquifer, especially in Texas, where the water table beneath sizeable areas has dropped 100-150 feet; in smaller pockets, it has dropped more than 150 feet.

6. According to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. interior west is now the driest that it has been in 500 years.

7. Wildfires have burned millions of acres of vegetation in the central part of the United States in recent years. For example, wildfires burned an astounding 3.6 million acres in the state of Texas alone during 2011. This helps set the stage for huge dust storms in the future.

8. Unfortunately, scientists tell us that it would be normal for extremely dry conditions to persist in parts of western North America for decades. The following is from an article in the Vancouver Sun

But University of Regina paleoclimatologist Jeannine-Marie St. Jacques says that decade-long drought is nowhere near as bad as it can get.

St. Jacques and her colleagues have been studying tree ring data and, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Vancouver over the weekend, she explained the reality of droughts.

“What we’re seeing in the climate records is these megadroughts, and they don’t last a decade—they last 20 years, 30 years, maybe 60 years, and they’ll be semi-continental in expanse,” she told the Regina Leader-Post by phone from Vancouver.

“So it’s like what we saw in the Dirty Thirties, but imagine the Dirty Thirties going on for 30 years. That’s what scares those of us who are in the community studying this data pool.”

9. Experts tell us that U.S. water bills are likely to soar in the coming years. It is being projected that repairing and expanding our decaying drinking water infrastructure will cost more than one trillion dollars over the next 25 years, and as a result our water bills will likely approximately triple over that time period.

10. Right now, the United States uses approximately 148 trillion gallons of fresh water a year, and there is no way that is sustainable in the long run.

11. According to a U.S. government report, 36 states are already facing water shortages or will be facing water shortages within the next few years.

12. Lake Mead supplies about 85 percent of the water to Las Vegas, and since 1998 the level of water in Lake Mead has dropped by about 5.6 trillion gallons.

13. It has been estimated that the state of California only has a 20 year supply of fresh water left.

14. It has been estimated that the state of New Mexico only has a 10 year supply of fresh water left.

15. Approximately 40 percent of all rivers in the United States and approximately 46 percent of all lakes in the United States have become so polluted that they are are no longer fit for human use.

Are you starting to get the picture?

If things don’t turn around soon, we are going to be facing an absolutely crippling water crisis in this country.

And according to recent forecasts, it appears that drought conditions may soon get even worse in the Southeast and the Southwest…

Ongoing winter storms won’t be doing much to relieve some drought-stricken areas of the U.S. In fact, conditions could get worse in the Southwest and Southeast, according to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration.

NOAA last week forecast below-average precipitation for those regions this winter, meaning that “after some relief during the past few months,” the Southwest’s three-year drought is likely to redevelop and spread to the Southeast.

Sadly, most Americans are not aware of any of these things.

They just assume that there will always be plenty of fresh water for all of us to use just like there always has been.

But times are changing rapidly.

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One comment on “Massive Draught in California : Feds Withhold Water To California Farmers For First Time In 54 Years

  1. Reblogged this on itsaweirdweirdworld and commented:
    This is a dire warning that all Americans should take seriously. The current levels of water usage in this country are unsustainable and action needs to be taken to cut out the non-essential usage such as watering lawns. And we should try those responsible for selling billions of gallons of water to China for treason for they are contributing to the problem in the name of profit, like Nestle doesn’t make enough money already. That’s right, Nestle. I lived in San Antonio, Texas for over 16 years and have seen first-hand the tip of the iceberg that is water rationing and it is a difficult situation to be in. When over one-third of the US is in danger of severe water shortages it is beyond time for some kind of action to be taken. Many thanks to unifiedserenity for posting this article!

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