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Brown Calls Californians Who Support Limited Immigration (and Favor Water Preservation) ‘Troglodytes’

I left California in 2008, bound for Pittsburgh, Pa. I’m regularly in touch with friends and family who have one thing on their minds: How much longer before California runs out of water? One friend, motivated by acute water shortages, moved from parched Lake of the Woods, which shares its precious little ground water with other nearby districts, to Morro Bay.

World Water Day Promotes Conservation: Is Gov. Jerry Brown Listening?

On Sunday, World Water Day will be celebrated. The annual event is intended to help understand the vital role water plays in living a fulfilling life, and to plan for future water conservation.

California Faces More Drought

Hope springs eternal in the human breast, as Alexander Pope so famously said. And Americans in particular subscribe to this creed of optimism. Thus when heavy rains fell on Northern California last December and more of them this month, many people hoped these downpours were a harbinger that the state’s record drought might be coming to an end.

Drought-Tolerant Landscaping is Part of the Solution to California’s Water Woes, and so is Population Stabilization

Xeriscaping is landscaping with drought-tolerant, preferably native plants. In recent decades, its popularity has grown in the American Southwest as acute water shortages have become chronic water shortages…and as residents have sought to live in greater harmony with nature in what writer Mary Hunter Austin (1868-1934) famously called (in the title of her 1903 book) The Land of Little Rain.

Southwestern States Guzzling Groundwater till it’s Gone

UC Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) scientists have published a new study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that for the first time documents and quantifies the appalling depletion of groundwater in the Colorado River Basin.

Fresh Water from the Sea?

Desalination Is No Panacea

Groundwater Pumping Increasing Seismic Activity

Is the combined weight of 38 million Californians actually deforming the Earth’s crust and increasing the number of earthquakes as well as causing the Coast Range and Sierras to soar even higher?

This may sound more like the premise of a satirical piece in The Onion or an absurd article in the tabloid National Enquirer rather than the thrust of a recent research paper in the respected British scientific journal Nature.

Blind Spot: Governor and L.A. Times Reporter See No Connection Between Water Crisis and Colossal California Population

We have yet more evidence that key California elites have a blind spot so huge that it obscures their view of 38 million Californians – and their manifold consequences.

California Drought Signals Limits on Growth

California now faces what Gov. Jerry Brown describes as perhaps the state’s worst drought since record-keeping began a century ago. Water shortages threaten household use and agriculture. To meet this challenge, Brown has asked residents to cut water consumption by 20 percent. Mandatory conservation may be ahead.

The impact of the drought could be substantial on farming in the state’s highly productive San Joaquin Valley. If present conditions continue there, growers may have to forego planting between 600,000 and 700,000 acres.

California’s Sinking San Joaquin Valley

I have written often about California’s worsening water resource problems. At the same time our population and water demands are growing, with no end in sight, the long-term availability of freshwater is diminishing. This relationship can be depicted in a simplified schematic:

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