Water Resource Officials Say State of California in For Hot, Dry Summer

May 2, 2014 10:00 am · 29 comments

The final snow survey of the year has made it clear that California is in for a long and hot summer after a near-record dry winter, Department of Water Resources officials announced today.

The third and final manual and electronic readings conducted this year measured water levels in the state’s snowpack, which normally provides a third of the water for the state’s farm and cities, at 18 percent of the year-to-date average, according to the department.

Officials said electronic readings show water content in the northern Sierra snowpack is at seven percent of the average level and readings for the central and southern Sierra were at 24 and 18 percent of normal levels.

The low snowpack levels, coupled with the end of the wet season, likely means late-season storms will not significantly dampen the effects of a three-year drought currently affecting farms and communities, according to the department.

Malice In Wonderland May 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

If only we had a gigantic reservoir of water from which we could filter salt and fulfill all of our water needs….

Schmee May 2, 2014 at 10:08 AM

This just in: The sun is shining

Sam May 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I seriously doubt that DWR said “The final snow survey of the year has made it clear that California is in for a long and hot summer…” The amount of snow in the sierra has no bearing on how hot or how long this summer will be.

Michelle May 2, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Nice observation, especially for those of us stuck in offices with no windows. I’ll pin this note on my caulk board to remind me there is a sun. 🙂

I don't buy the load May 2, 2014 at 11:16 AM

of baloney these guys are selling. Its more about controlling and taxing the people.

I don’t doubt there is a shortage of water. If government really had our welfare in their best interests they would not have sold out to the tree hugger’s and built sufficient water storage for the people.

But as always, politicians answer to whoever gives them the most money.

twilight May 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

The snow survey can predict “dry.” It can’t predict “long and hot.”

Mee May 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Are these the same people who said we were in for a very wet winter last year? Just wondering…

RunDogRun May 2, 2014 at 11:53 AM

The party’s over. We’re out of
beverage. If you’re a transplant,
it’s time for you to go. You don’t
have to go home, but you can’t
stay here.

3 year drought ? May 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

If you look at rainfall totals, we are NOT far off any normal. What we have is a WATER STORAGE PROBLEM !

Thank your friendly idiot environmentalist Sierra Club moron who continually block the construction of new reservoir construction. AND they want to empty Hetch Hetchy ? Morons.

@1 – We do. It’s called the Pacific Ocean. Desalination anyone ?

Malice In Wonderland May 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

@9 – exactly, I’ll use my sarcasm font next time.

The Realist May 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Or we could quit shipping all our water to Southern California?
The Los Angles county can increase their sales tax to build a desalination plant.
Why do we have to suffer for the greedy, wasteful, selfish, overpopulous desert residents that would rather mooch off us then fend for themsleves.

MrDioji May 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

You can’t just “filter” salt out of ocean water. It is an absurdly energy intensive (expensive) extraction process (i.e. reverse osmosis). The smarter solution is direct potable reuse of wastewater. This also requires reverse osmosis, but consolidates the energy usage of drinking water and sewage treatment plants.

The only obstacle is getting beyond the “yuck” factor. Which is kind of ridiculous because most water sources have been recently passed through multiple people without advanced treatment (like all the cities along the Mississippi).
My only other reservation is the presence of emerging contaminants, like excreted pharmaceuticals.

Michelle May 2, 2014 at 1:01 PM

The flow from the sacramento river through the Hetch Hetchy has always been the plan to suppy the drought ridden So. California. More research folks!

Michelle May 2, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Sarchasm font “on”.

Summer May 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Exactly, we have needed several reservoirs for decades.

Peter May 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

@9 do you have data to back that up? I want to believe

Brent May 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

We need more reservoirs. It would help reduce pumping water out of the ground.

Anabelle May 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM

I think more people need more education other than high school; a college education does wonders.

Malice In Wonderland May 2, 2014 at 2:13 PM

@#11, of course it is expensive, it would need to be subsidized. But let’s have a vote…how many would prefer desalination plants in our fine state being subsidized versus say the high-speed rail? Carlsbad is on schedule to bring their plant online in 2016, and we in the bay area should never be less progressive than our SoCal brethren. For those interested in learning, and not just arguing semantics, you can read more here: http://carlsbaddesal.com/

puffandstuff May 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM

@17 like being able to post on Claycord and put people that you don’t know down? Gee that’s a great degree you got. You are using it wisely.

Sam @9 and 15 May 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

No, he does not have data to back that up, because we are in the middle of a SEVERE drought and he’s a conservative which means he doesn’t believe in science. Regardless, norcal precip is about 61% of average, here:

But the snowpack, which is where we get a lot of water from, is in even worse shape, here: http://www.weatherwest.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/getSWCGraph.png

Water storage may be a problem, but as long as we have 40 million people in California with half of them in a desert, water storage is going to always be a problem. So you can request more damns and I, the Sierra Club moron will continue to block them. You know why? Because I don’t give a rats behind if California has no water. I care about the other species on this planet. There’s too many humans and we’re ruining this place for everyone else. We’re supposed to be stewards of the earth, but instead we’re rapists of it.

@9 May 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Or a too many people problem.

Anabelle May 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM

@ puffandstuff
How am I doing that?

Veronica May 2, 2014 at 3:30 PM

i can see that…

TinFoiler May 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Please! Go down to the River and notice how low that it is, Oh Wait, It’s NOT low.
I know that’s not where our water comes from, but 80% of that rain we had sure went there!
Definitely a Water STORAGE issue.
Long Hot Summer? Hmmmmm, Looks like they’re trying to stop that with all of the Aerial spraying that they are doing, aka Weather Modification

TinFoiler May 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

FACT: Thousands of houses in California DO NOT HAVE WATER METERS!?!?!

Mb May 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Well, duh!

@ Sierra Club Moron #21 May 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

“Because I don’t give a rats behind if California has no water.”
You’re not a moron, you’re a COMPLETE MORON.
I would typically rest my case here, but…..

You must be the type of Sierra Club idiot who would re-introduce Grizzly Bears to Solano County. Forget about getting eaten by them. That’s a fact we should ignore. Next you’ll be saying nature should be restored to it’s original state (whatever that was) regardless of man who just rapes the land. How far back do you go nature boy ? Jurassic Park ?

When California has no water, we have no food, no economy, no jobs, no money, no power, no police, no rule of law. But again, just inconvenient facts to ignore.

“Water storage may be a problem, but as long as we have 40 million people in California with half of them in a desert, water storage is going to always be a problem” – Really, it “MAY” be a problem? You are out of your mind. It IS THE PROBLEM. This is irrefutable. We have not built reservoirs commensurate with population growth. IT’S THE PROBLEM ! You going to stop having kids?

Your approach to block new reservoirs forces us into a “Reactionary” position rather than a “Proactive” one. We know droughts happen in California. Tree rings prove we are overdue for a bad drought. I mean one that will devastate our economy. Not a puny little blip like we are experiencing today. (Google Ca. rainfall graph) We could be back to normal after this winter, but when the next serious drought occurs, one that devastates for many years, we can thank you for blocking the conservation of our water.

Think of the land mass of California. Look at a map. Circle the reservoirs. They’re just dots on the map. We don’t conserve (capture) but a tiny fraction of the water that comes down from the sky every year. We should have 5 plus years of water in reserves instead of mass panic after a bad ski season.

Your approach puts pressure on the Delta, it’s fish, farmers, on and on and on.

We could easily have built enough reservoirs to ensure our safety from the next big one.


What’s your solution ? Save the “critters”? That’s great. What a load of b.s.

MrDioji May 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM

More reservoirs is not a solution. It could help a little, but it’s like widening roads to solve congestion. It helps ease it for a little, but just draws more usage. I don’t appreciate #28’s views at all…although the imminent mega-drought is scary.

A solution is advanced treatment of wastewater (or desalination, if you prefer), not decimating more natural lands.

Population control also isn’t a bad idea.

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