|National Weather Service released a U.S. Drought Monitor update, which shows |
that drought conditions have worsened over the last week.
California is going down
- Democrat or Republican, it does not matter. Neither party really gives a damn about long term conservation as countless millions of new people (water users) come to the desert called California.
- Droughts can last decades or even centuries. Instead of building desalination plants to create new water the political hacks want to suck dry the Sacramento Delta or add a couple feet to the tops of damns and pray for new water in the form of rain that may not come.
- Californians keep draining dry our natural water supplies creating an ever larger desert.
California's drought conditions have worsened over the past week with the percentage of the state suffering from the highest category increasing, the National Weather Service said Thursday.
"Exceptional" drought conditions have spread in Central California since a week ago, weather officials said. Areas in Northern California have also moved into this category since last week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Almost 33% of the state faces exceptional conditions. About 25% of the state faced those conditions last week reports the Los Angeles Times.
Every part of California remains in what is considered severe drought.
A year ago, no part of the state was in exceptional drought conditions, the weather service said.
The drought has prompted water conservation efforts as well as rationing in some parts of the state. L.A. saw record dry conditions this winter, and snowfall in the Sierras has also been significantly down.
Yokuts on Tulare Lake
TULARE the Phantom Lake
|The Kern River "feeding" Lake Tulare|
Passing through Bakersfield, the Kern River has been sucked dry by man. No fishing, no water for animals and no water for Lake Tulare.
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
|The Sinking Central Valley|
It has taken thousands and thousands of years for unground water to build up in California. In only a few decades cities and agribusiness have drained those supplies so much that the Central Valley is sinking.
About 30 percent of California’s water supply comes from underground supplies, more during droughts. Eighty percent of state residents rely to some degree on groundwater. Some towns, cities and farming operations depend entirely on it.
See our article San Joaquin Valley is sinking as groundwater stores are depleted