Little Rainfall, Minimal Snowpack And A Receding Colorado River Seriously Threaten The City's Water Supplies.
Los Angeles Times Editorial -
LOS ANGELES IS facing a “perfect storm” of drought, as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has put it. All of the city’s major water sources are running dry. Rainfall is the lowest it has ever been: just over three inches downtown this rainy season. The snowpack in the eastern Sierra Nevada, which usually supplies about half of L.A.’s water, is at its second-lowest level ever. The Colorado River also is in the midst of a severe drought and unlikely to rebound for several years.
GET WORD OUT: Regional Officials Want To Inform People That A Drought Has Thinned Supplies.
Riverside Press Enterprise – By JENNIFER BOWLES
Regional water officials on Tuesday approved spending an unprecedented $6.3 million over the next year to expand a campaign aimed at convincing Southern Californians to conserve at their taps and outside hoses.
California Water Officials On Thursday Halted Water Exports From The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta After Rising Numbers Of A Rare Fish, The Delta Smelt, Were Sucked To Their Deaths In The Pumps.
Sacramento Bee – By Matt Weiser
California water officials on Thursday halted water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta after rising numbers of a rare fish, the Delta smelt, were sucked to their deaths in the pumps.
State Department of Water Resources officials said the action is expected to last seven to 10 days, until water conditions allow the fish to move to safer areas. Shortages are not expected for the 25 million Californians who get water from the Delta.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."