posted on Jul, 11 2015 @ 09:57 AM
a reply to: theNLBS
I wonder if you/we aren't taking the wrong tack, here. Perhaps conservation is being overhyped, when we should be looking into more innovative
methods of water management. Capturing a small percentqage of the state's coastal runoff and piping it under the coastal mountain range to resorvoirs
inland of those cloud busting mountains is one approach that could help solve the problem. I believe the idea's been 'floated' before, only to get
'flushed' due to the political obstacles.
Let's not forget that there is a lot of money to be made delivering water, and even more if it is scarce.
Let's also not forget that evaporation is how clouds are formed. The draining of Owen's Lake to feed Los Angeles' thirst is a good example of how
developments might have unintended consequences. Before it's draining, Owen's was a huge lake that was only inches deep under much of its surface. A
rather robust evaporation bed. We would do well managing our resources to restore evaporation beds such as this, or replace or augment them with
something comparable. Resorvoirs inland of the coastal range could help to encourage rainfall, and could go a long way to reducing the shortage.
Of course, solving the water scarcity problem in California would probably cost someone some hefty profits, so I think that any true solution will
likely encounter significant political pressure.
edit on 11-7-2015 by engineercutout because: (no reason given)