Monthly Archives: April 2015

California’s Four Year Drought

Here are graphs that show the extent of California’s four year drought. California Snowpack We start with the snowpack which is essential to supply water as it melts over the summer.   You can see that in 2012 and 2013 … Continue reading

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California Hydropower Has Dropped 60% in the Last Four Years

California hydro-power has dropped enormously because of the drought.  The lower water levels put less pressure at the intakes to the turbines, and they generate less power.  At some minimal lake height, they wobble so much that they cannot operate. … Continue reading

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IRWD Irvine Ranch Water District Sources, Use Reduction, and Rates

  Irvine Ranch Water District Water Sources in 2013: 22% Imported from State Water Project and Colorado River Aqueduct 31% Clear Ground Water (GW) 25% Recycled Water 19% Treated GW which is used in grounds and buildings In 2015, IRWD … Continue reading

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Orange County Water Agencies Restrictions for February 2016

From the OC Register, we have copied for inclusion with the set of articles, the new targets for Orange County water agencies to be in force by the end of February 2016. New targets for O.C. water districts Supplier Name … Continue reading

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California Water Projects Feeding Southern California

Map of California Water Projects   The California State Water Project (SWP) This section is taken from the Wikipedia article on the CSWP or SWP, but specialized to the path of the water to Southern California. The SWP has 5.75 … Continue reading

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Gary Oberts talk to OLLI on the Irvine Ranch Water District Water Sources

Our water expert, Gary Oberts, gave a talk to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) associated with UC Irvine.  His talk was on the Irvine Ranch Water District of Irvine, California, and its water sources and policies during the current … Continue reading

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California Ground Water and Agriculture

In a normal year, 30% of California water use comes from ground water.  In the current severe drought, 60% or more is ground water. There are 850 million acre-feet in 450 ground water reservoirs.  One half of that is unavailable … Continue reading

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Robert Putnam’s Talk on the American Dream and Income Inequality  

The distinguished Harvard Professor and author Robert Putnam gave a talk at UC Irvine on The American Dream in Crisis. On his website http://robertdputnam.com/  you can see his new book titled “OUR KIDS The American Dream in Crisis” Prof. Putnam … Continue reading

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Water Consumption by Power Plants is Only 3% of Total Water Usage

Some water use presenters point out that about 38% of our fresh water is used to cool power plants. That is true, but in most cases the water is returned to the river or lake that it came from, just … Continue reading

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Beef in California Agriculture

Cows in the US and California In 2015, there were 90 million cattle in the US.  Cow products brought in $44 billion in farm gate receipts.  In 2013, $5.7 billion was from exports. In 2012, there were 30 million beef … Continue reading

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