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For the first time in its 54-year history, the State Water Project, a backbone of California's water system, will provide no water to urban residents or farmers this year because of the severe drought, state officials said Friday. The State Water Project, approved by voters in 1960 and a key legacy of former Gov. Pat Brown, the governor's late father, is a massive system of 21 dams and 701 miles of pipes and canals that moves water from Northern California to the south. It essentially takes melting snow from the Sierra Nevada, captures it and transports it from Lake Oroville in Butte County through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta all the way to San Diego. In doing so, it provides drinking water for 23 million people from Silicon Valley to the Los Angeles basin and irrigates about 750,000 acres of farmland.
I can't help but look at the situation and wonder about the wisdom of building a metropolis and farming infrastructure in an area that has to be supported by an 1100 km water network to begin with.
I can't seem to insert images right now so here's a link.
Satellite Images 2013/2014
How is that?
It has happened before and will happen again.
California in 2013 received less rain than in any year since it became a state in 1850. And at least one Bay Area scientist says that based on tree ring data, the current rainfall season is on pace to be the driest since 1580 — more than 150 years before George Washington was born.
Yes of course it's not the first drought, but that's not exactly the way I read it. Are you saying the last time this happened was more than 54 years ago before the agency existed? I still don't understand. Here is the full quote from the OP, to put it in better context:
reply to post by Arbitrageur
They are not speaking of how long since the last drought but for how long the Water resources has been an agency.
For the first time in its 54-year history, the State Water Project, a backbone of California's water system, will provide no water to urban residents or farmers this year because of the severe drought, state officials said Friday.edit on 2-2-2014 by Arbitrageur because: clarification