The Idea Of Global Warming Is An Abstraction To Most Folks. However, Very Shortly We Who Live In Southern California Will Get A First-Hand Demonstration Of Just How It Will Affect Our Lives.
North County Times, Tim Barnett
The Achilles’ heel of Southern California, indeed the whole Southwest, is water. We in San Diego get our water from two main sources. The primary source is the central and northern parts of our state. The other source is the Colorado River. Water from these two sources has enabled the growth of our local civilization and economies. We take these two sources for granted, but just how reliable are they? It turns out, not very reliable at all.
Is There Any Hope For Desalination As A Way To Get Water To A Thirsty California? Mindy McIntyre And Lester Snow Debate.
Los Angeles Times – By Mindy McIntyre and Lester Snow
‘The SUV of water’
With all the growing limitations on freshwater, it is easy to see why people would look to the Pacific Ocean as a potentially unlimited new water supply. However, the reality is that despite the industry-fanned hopes, ocean water desalination remains largely impractical in California.
Many people mistakenly consider ocean desalination a harmless way to get water to growing cities without the effects associated with damming rivers and over-pumping groundwater. The truth is, desalination is one of the most harmful and expensive water options in California. When compared to other available strategies, ocean desalination just doesn’t pencil out.
Yes, It Rained A Lot. But That Doesn't Mean We're Out Of The Woods With Regard To The State's Water Woes.
Los Angeles Times – Heather Cooley
In January, it rained a lot in Southern California. The usual street intersections flooded. Water tumbled down the Los Angeles River. And houses in areas ravaged by fires last fall seemed in danger of sliding off their hilltop perches. It was chaotic, as always — but desperately needed. The wet weather came after the driest year on record in the L.A. Basin — less than 3.5 inches of rain. Coupled with below-average rainfall in 2006, lack of rain in 2007 had fed fears of a drought. Do last month’s downpours mean we can stop worrying now?
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."