Latest Drought Data Places Entire Bay Area Under Extreme Drought Conditions

May 6, 2021 14:00 pm · 26 comments

Bob May 6, 2021 at 2:57 PM

But, the smelt!!!!

What about the smelt?!?!?!?

Original G May 6, 2021 at 3:03 PM

Still like bumper sticker I saw a few years ago,
Save water Fight forest fires with delta smelt

Department of Water Resources
Daily Reservoir Storage Summary

Questions, How many dams has CA removed in past 20 years?
How many new dams has CA allowed to be built in past 20 years?

Hmm, will this be the year Fish n Game issues a salt water tag for
The Delta?

Martinezmike May 6, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Tag line: “damned if we do, damned if we don”t “

Randy May 6, 2021 at 3:15 PM

…. completely foreseeable…. so what has the state / county / water districts been doing to retain / conserve rainfall? What new reservoirs have been built? What has been done to prepare for the next drought other than build more houses? Decrease agriculture expansion? noooo ….. so we have to decrease usage again, so decreased use means less $$ to the water providers, so they raise rates – right? Is anybody managing this ongoing foreseeable issue? 🙁

The Wizard May 6, 2021 at 4:46 PM

But we have a Crazy Train To Nowhere

anon May 6, 2021 at 6:09 PM

How much rainwater goes straight out to the delta every winter?

WC---Creeker May 6, 2021 at 3:19 PM

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fire….

The news loves a good fire and drought story.

Aunt Barbara May 6, 2021 at 10:39 PM

We have been in many droughts, but we always bounce back. Mother Nature takes good care of us, despite what the news portrays.

KT May 6, 2021 at 3:41 PM

The last time we were in a “drought”, I was visiting friends in SCAL. While our lawns were turning brown, SCAL sure did have a lot of green lawns. So again the Bay Area gets screwed while SCAL remains green?

Tsa May 6, 2021 at 6:06 PM

If there is water to grow marijuana, there is water for our lawns!

Anonymous May 6, 2021 at 8:04 PM

The majority of California water is used by agriculture. That being said, unlike most Bay Area locales, which have one source of water, Los Angeles has multiple sources of water: The Delta, Colorado River, Owens River and San Joaquin River.

We could get more water if we wanted it, but our leaders seem unwilling to face-off with the enviro-whackos.

And why spend billions on new reservoirs when you can give that money to the schools and buy tens of thousands of voters in the process?

Ricardoh May 6, 2021 at 4:26 PM

We have a whole ocean and for years the powers to be sat on their thumbs and waste money on BS. My lawn will not turn brown.

The Wizard May 6, 2021 at 4:47 PM

But your wallet will grow thinner

Antonius May 6, 2021 at 4:58 PM

I agree, we have the entire Pacific Ocean at the door step which we could use with desalinization plant to make millions of gallons of water but the hacks want to pay for the train to no where, Homeless, criminals and illegals.

Anonymous May 7, 2021 at 8:38 PM

@Antonius The Saudi’s are the world’s greatest user of desalinization. They have a population of 34 million and use 25% of their total oil and gas production to power their cogeneration/desalinization plants. Desalinization requires massive amounts of power: it can take up to 10 kWh of energy to produce one cubic meter of drinking water,

The only way large-scale desalinization is possible in California is with nuclear energy. Our last nuke is set to go off-line in 2024-2025 and they will never build another one, so desalinization is a non-starter.

Ricardoh May 8, 2021 at 9:40 AM

Anonymous Antonius
Here is what the cost would be. It would be equivalent to a ten percent rise of your power bill. The cost to get water for 300,000 people to use just desalinated water would be the same as power used as one 747 at cruise speed. It would not take 25% of our oil.

CJRN May 6, 2021 at 4:46 PM

I realize that this is a totally unpopular idea, but if we are in a severe drought where we do not have enough water for the current populace, we need to place a temporary halt to new construction. If we don’t have the water to support us currently, we sure as heck don’t have the water needed to build hundreds more houses, condos and apartments!

Well Folks May 7, 2021 at 7:12 AM

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They keep building with zero thought to natural resources. But hey, what does it matter as long as the corporate developers make huge profits on poorly constructed cookie cutter housing

Sam May 6, 2021 at 5:32 PM

We have plenty of water. Nobody will report on the underground aquifers. Just more propaganda from the robber class. My lawn will remain green just like every other fake “drought”

Jack's Fan May 7, 2021 at 11:54 PM

Crawl out from that rock and Google “SGMA California” or “CA Groundwater Update 2020” and you’ll see every groundwater region has to perform major analysis and report back to DWR by law now. Aquifers are being depleted faster than they can be recharged and cities are sinking all across the state due to over pumping. It’s a nice daydream to think there is enough water in the aquifers but ask any water resources engineer and they will quickly enlighten you to the reality of the situation in California… Probably enough for your generation, maybe your kids, but not your grandkids.

Oh and when you’re done Google “PFAS groundwater”. Cheers!

ChuckStir May 6, 2021 at 5:34 PM

And there will be no water water rationing until it becomes dire. Could never understand that thought process.

chuckie the troll May 6, 2021 at 5:39 PM

Not to gloat or put too fine a point on it, but we had a sudden thunderstorm, hail, wind storm alert this evening. Almost got in the way of bbq-ing Italian sausage. But no problem, the sausage were perfect and cauliflower steamed to perfection. The water out back is a little high but well away from us. A drought here is no rain in a month. Good luck friends.

remember May 6, 2021 at 6:29 PM

the best part will be when they raise prices because the water company isn’t making enough money as people are cutting back on usage


TPC May 6, 2021 at 6:39 PM

I purchased 2-55gal water drums in 2016 and am thinking about getting a couple more. Emergency, drought, whatever the reason…doesn’t hurt to have water storage.

Well Folks May 7, 2021 at 7:13 AM

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They keep building with zero thought to natural resources. But hey, what does it matter as long as the corporate developers make huge profits on poorly constructed cookie cutter housing

remember May 7, 2021 at 9:05 AM

add to that the left’s plan to “densify” which means ever more people using the same resources and all packed in like rats.

the left says nice neighborhoods are white privilege.

welcome to utopia!

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