Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Water wows

Hearing tonight about water wells up here running low to running out. Last year ending a few days back was the driest year in California history. Sacramento still doesn't use meters, either does some older cities before they became big. A friend stopped farming his 600 acres because they put meters on his wells. He had six inch lines going down into the grown. I noticed that wells were using to much water back a few years ago when my creek stopped running all year round. It even stopped flowing in the winter time. After a major storm the creek would flow but would dry up right away. Too many wells where people were wasting the water keeping their lawns green. As one person told me, "It's free water so why not." They weren't concern with the water in my creek but they will start to worry when there well starts drying up. So many people think they have a well and it doesn't effect anyone else but it does. When you drain the water table it effects everyone using that water table. When creeks dry up that's surface water that comes from that same water table. The people along the American river must be noticing that their wells are pumping a bit slower. The three rivers haven't been filling up the Folsom dam. Old gold rush towns are starting to show themselves and people are picking up suveneers of the past on the lake bottom. It' funny to hear some of the people of northern California saying the people of southern California are steeling are water. Then there has been a few words over the new state water project. I guess that's more then a few year project and they are really looking to the future. I heard the other day it's not going to be finished for decades. They plan to bore two 20 foot holes under the delta. I'm guessing that they plan to be under a impervious layer so that the delta wouldn't leak in as they were boring. There's a lot of heats voices over this water shortage. They don't seem to think before they say but spout off a lot of mean things. The old water system sucks up fish and they have to cut the pumps when the water gets low and they suck up fish. Then the fisher men are complaining about the smelt being sucked into the pumps and not being eaten by the growing salmon which there has been a shortage of. It's amazing seeing these cause and effect situations. There's too many people saying that climate change isn't happening. Then this lack of water has to be caused by something. Weather patterns have been changing and for a few week most of the country was in the deep freeze. Of course Rush shoots his mouth off saying what climate change. He didn't look at the temperature of the southern hemisphere where it was up to 129 degrees. That doesn't sound so bad when you see it as 53.88 degrees until they say it's Celsius. They use those numbers down there. We are one of the few countries still using Fahrenheit and inches and feet. All the people of science use metric it's so simple to use too. You don't have odd things like pints and cups. One of these days we will have to switch over and be normal like the rest of the world. Some people are talking about building more dams but if it's not raining then what will they do.  Then damming up all the rivers what will that do to the people down river with wells? What if this is just a normal function of this area since we haven't been taking records all that long compared to geologic history. We could have a period of low rain for the next ten or twenty years. What will that do to the states population. Will we look at the ocean to take the salt out of that water? Will we tighten out belts and just use less water. Showers but once a week and that's metered out. Two flush toilets in ever house but only flushing the solids. Maybe even switch to composting type toilets. Then when they fill up they can flush a paste mostly composted down the drain saving water. Then saving any rain water off the roof when it rains like people do on some islands. Change plants over to all native plants that don't need water and stay green all year round. Right now everyone is projecting the worst. We are still getting some snow and that will melt and go down the rivers. Life hasn't change yet where we don't recognize it like it was. One thing for sure the price will go up and never come down even if we are swimming in a lake.

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