California faces worst water shortage in more than a century

  • Article by: ADAM NAGOURNEY and IAN LOVETT , New York Times
  • Updated: February 1, 2014 - 10:27 PM

A sense of alarm is rising amid signs that this drought may reach historic levels. It is forcing big shifts: Farmland unplanted, cattle sold and air tinged brown.

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briechersFeb. 2, 14 9:42 AM

This should have been on the front page. Where are the environmentalist when it comes to water policy? Shouldn't we have some sort of a ranking about users and uses of water? Don't we have a water problem right in Minnesota? Perhaps a year ago this paper ran a story about how our process for sending treated water down the Mississippi instead of back into the water table is contributing to the lowering our water table. Are there no villains and therefore no story?

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fawnhallFeb. 3, 14 1:25 PM

This may have huge affects, there could be population shifts and definetly a huge increase in vegetable prices. In the not so long ago past there were droughts that lasted 10 years. Bye Bye Silicon Valley and Hollywood.

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texas_technomanFeb. 6, 1411:16 PM

This is not just a California problem. From Texas west there is just not enough water to meet the growing population. Lake Travis in Austin Texas is 52' low, many others are 20-30' low, and these reservoirs are what provide water to the residents...Folks are going to have to figure out that you cannot landscape like you live up north, no more watering golf courses...you get the picture. We have a water problem as well, just not as immediate and severe. Water may become the next oil.

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