45 thoughts on “KQED NEWSROOM: California's Extreme Drought”

  • Darius The Hedgehog 180 California Freeways says:

    This drought was 100% manmade to ruin lives and they killed steered diverted every low pressure system 2012-2016 there is plenty of rain this drought should have never happened these people need to be sued and starved as dry as California was.

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    Earthships use 20-gal/day/person average home over 90-gal/day/person many cities well above 120-gal/day/person so right there it's obvious centralized water systems don't have what it takes, if you have pipes they leak, eh? .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Earthships are roof rain-catchment systems for each home most in New Mexico in areas with rain down to 5"/year in operation. They've been around for 30+ years now with homes fitting all incomes all cultures globally. .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Won't happen in fantasyland, er, california, they're not legal, it's too rational to install cisterns to make modern living possible for each home, you have to dam rivers and kill the economy of where the water came from. .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Along the eastern Sierra Nevada the valleys west of the White Mountains provided the richest grazing and hayfields in the state, Lone Pine had a lake with steamships that's now a health-hazard dry lake and Bishop never became a big town, it would have been huge by now. .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. That implies LA needs to stop sucking the state dry, same with Central Valley and they don't collect rain: LA average since 1877 thru 2015 (138 years): 14.81 inches, Bakersfield 7-inches. .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. That's too far out a concept for tiny-humans, people that don't think like a planet. .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. A historical note about Fremont speaking in Congress about his travels recommending in the late 1800's to triple the size of homesteads in the west and do dryland farming, don't draw groundwater or aquifer water in Central Valley, as a geologist seeing the end we witness to ancient water being drawn to make money on crops that never will return for over 200,000-years or more. .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Fremont was correct, Central Valley can be dryland farmed, maybe not to make money selling to the rest of the country, is that appropriate then to suck ancient water for profit that's irreplaceable for many generations? .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Too bad about that lack of wisdom in favor of avarice and greed. .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. If you draw groundwater the water-table drops and that changes the ecosystem on flood terraces throughout the arid west, a dam does the same thing by stopping flooding to recharge nutrients and water to the riverine system which has the highest productivity in arid lands, not the open spaces. .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. He saw that, today's ranches are rarely less than 3 homesteads, the wells are going down 1400ft for those that can afford it, it's a race to the bottom and everyone loses when it's over. .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. It's too bad the rich intentionally denying progress for the game they want to win at everyone else's expense of course, including future generations unborn, pushing the debt out now beyond a geologic excursion, they don't provide boats each one takes 200,000-years.?

  • California has more bottled water industries than any other state. When you put water in little 20 oz bottle ( buy the billions) and ship it out of the water cycle things dry up. The trouble is most folks don't have the ability to calculate such a grand scale nor the mind to perceive it. Its like 6th grade science but enormous. The Romans figured it out when they built all the aqueducts remove the water table = remove water cycle = remove rain witch translates into agriculture = No Agriculture NO FOOD = No culture and so on you are watching it happen right in front of your eyes

  • Raven Shield says:

    Close to 80% of California's water supply is used in agriculture and agriculture only accounts for 1% of the state's economy. Considering that the drought isn't going to improve any time soon, agriculture is just going to continue downsizing due to the lack of water.

    From an environmental point of view, we need agriculture in order to reduce carbon footprint associated with food consumed. In other words, it takes more carbon dioxide to produce and transport food internationally than that grown locally. Eventually, food grown locally will no longer be able to compete with that imported internationally because water will get more and more expensive to use.

    It is absurd to think about that we continue with an industry that is no longer viable in the state. Perhaps we just need to get rid of the water-intense crops like almonds and walnuts which take up to 5 gallons of water to grow a single one.

    Soil erosion can also be another big problem in California if farmers were to significantly reduce the land they use for farming. If this was to occur, such land would no longer be fertile once the drought is over and water is once again available. Food prices would go up also because there would be a greater demand, from countries near the tropics where water is more available for irrigation, of food from the world if California halts production.

    This topic can be argued in many different ways from many points of view including environmental, economical, and societal. It will be interesting to see what ends up happening to agriculture in California in the near future and if residential water usage continues to increase to a point where people pay more for water than gasoline. Eventually, it will be unavoidable to have to import more food than what we can produce locally to meet the state's demand.

  • Johan Beukes says:

    You have all my sympathy. South Africa looks the same with the drought we have. The Western Cape got some good rain, but more is needed. Good luck to you all.

  • Meanwhile you can buy a home in Venango County Pennsylvania for under forty thousand dollars and there is plenty of water.

  • A Santa Clara Valley Water District executive getting 300k for an annual salary………are you friction kidding me? He makes almost the same as Obama. And I guess he doesn't have to worry about his water bill. Fricken corruption.

  • cities should shut off water for a 12 hour stretch on a weekend to make people realize how important role water plays in their life

  • The answer to California drought = search "large scale solar water still" here on youtube. Cost per gallon, $ 0.0047 cents a gallon. It can cover acres upon acres and produce fresh water with no power or filters. It is a new world record, this design is the only one in existence.

  • You may be able to remove the salt from the sea, but you damn sure ain't gonna remove that pesky " radiation " curtesy from Fukushima. I damn sure wouldn't use it for ANYTHING much less DRINK THAT .

  • This is a consequence of all carbon dioxide mainly that USA release. This need to STOP! I'm from Sweden, and we had our first forest fire in history!

  • so they want restaurants not give a glass of water unless ask.  that is so stupid.  How about every in california, gets rid of their swimming pool and car wash and water parks.  how u plant more freaking trees, because according to my grandma, it is the trees and plants that calls the rain.

  • Olive Christin Wyatt says:

    When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

  • Brown is new green :)))))))))))))
    Liers !!!!!!!!!

    US Dam-Removal Season Off To A Good Start
    Elizabeth Brink
    Wednesday, June 12, 2013
    The top quarter of Glines Canyon Dam was removed from the Elwha River with a hydraulic hammer on a barge anchored upstream of the dam.
    The top quarter of Glines Canyon Dam was removed from the Elwha River with a hydraulic hammer on a barge anchored upstream of the dam.

    From World Rivers Review June 2013
    Those whose passion is river restoration refer to summer as “dam removal season.” And this season, there is a lot to celebrate, with some very large dam removals on key rivers.
    The final environmental impact statement on what would be the largest dam-removal project in California history was released in April by the US Department of the Interior. It supports removal of the dams on the Klamath River, which flows from Oregon through California to the Pacific. Although the removal of the fish-killing dams – Iron Gate, Copco 1 and Copco 2 in California, and J.C. Boyle in Oregon – is not imminent, this report takes another step forward to restoring the once-salmon-rich river.

  • Have everyone buy a bag of dry ice (if you can afford two or more better) to be placed outside preferably at a predetermined time and date.. Have the government seed the clouds with dry ice simultaneously and hopefully the heat wave might move. Either case the seeding should bring needed rain. I think China has implemented this practice. Just my 3 cents worth. God bless

  • Out of curiosity……I wonder how fast we could fix this problem if we killed the funding for our ridiculous $68 Billion bullet train, and put that money towards desalination plants and purchasing more water?

  • South Lake Tahoe has run a full recycling wastewater plant since the late 1970's it's only drawback the cost, time to pay the price.

  • California worry too much. Drought should be easing up this year. I predict this coming winter will provide lots of snow and water next year. The drought season will be over this year. So relax everyone.

  • Wojciech Zgodowski says:

    If drought worsens air pollution, then how about pumping sea water onto land, creating numerous amounts of lakes. Salt water evaporates without salt in vapor doesn't it. When funds will be available those lakes can be distilled into sweet water lakes. Don't be afraid of using sea water, there's planty of it, ice is melting on north and south poles, we'll have too much water.

  • Can someone please tell me why these comments are filled to the brim with hateful Christians condemning homosexuals? It has literally nothing to do with the subject matter of the video…

  • Thomas Yellich says:

    This government fat-ass makes over $300,000.00 a year??? Just more liberal communism from the government.

  • A good project would be to try to get wealthy philanthropists to offer a billion dollar prize to anyone who can find a cost effective way to desalinate sea water. (By "cost effective" I mean competitive with the watershed in temperate climates.) Also, disposal of waste brine would have to be figured in.

  • Stream-ways around here are dried up, April 20, '15.
     Conservatives say, Drill baby Drill, and now they are slamming those that are doing just that!

  • 2015/2016..25% of normal
    2021/2021…45%  of normal precip…
    California  needs to REALLY GET THE BIG PICTURE… long term solutions for long term  problem requires PERMACULTURE designs/codes/ agriculture..

  • ◄ Leviticus 26:19 ►
    New International Version
    I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.

  • Blah, blah, blah. These are a bunch of apparachiks in suits receiving big salaries employed by the corrupt Kalifornistan government. Kalifornistan is a failed state heading into Third World status. Flee from that place ASAP. Sell your property before the value of real estate collapses.

  • Shockwave XposingAll says:

    This is what it looks like when you allow sexual immorality as a way of life and not the sick vile filth that it is..This is what it looks like when you anger God.

  • Chris Dietrich says:

    It takes 1,000 gallons of water to make one gallon of dairy milk and 660 gallons of water to make one beef burger. Animal agriculture is the main problem. Do your own research and you will find it to be true.

  • When Texas had its drought  , our govenor prayed and ask for forgiveness . Six months later we were floating.  Its been that way ever since .

  • in Ontario, we pay for water here when used for domestic consumption 220 gallons for $1.50 to draw it and flush it.

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