iainpeden wrote: ↑
Sun 10 Oct 2021, 6:46 pm
I don’t get how you can call providing white water boating opportunities an environmental issue. Also apparent mismanagement of water resources, which you allude to, doesn’t negate the very obvious evidence that we are in a period of climate related events more extreme than previously recorded.
Was that a generic *you* or me personally? Because I can't figure out how buggering about in boats is an environmental issue either. Water use is divided into three categories (by the State):
Domestic use: 10% (this includes industrial use)
Environmental issues: 50%
Media doesn't report much on environmental issues because that involves pissing the water into the ocean & makes Democrats & environmentalists look a bunch of blithering idiots at best & criminally incompetent/insane at worst. This leads to false claims (in the media & by environmentalists) that agriculture uses 80% of the water (40% of the 50% not pissed into the ocean), There are State & Federal pumps in the Delta that are designed to capture water & pump it into reservoirs & Ag irrigation canals etc. These pumps are usually throttled back to 5-15% capacity so 85-95% of the water goes straight to the ocean.
This year the farmers got 0-5% of their allocation (& paid for 100% of it).. That's actually 0 to 5% of the 40%, the rest was allowed to go to the ocean... which means this year environmental issues accounted for around 85% of the water in some places & 90% in others.
The current "climate related events" have been going on it California since records began & there is evidence that they happened going back several hundred more years. Some of those past events make the current issues pale into insignificance. The current (man made) drought has NOTHING to do with climate change/warming/cooling.
There's a reservoir in Yosemite (Hetch Hetchy) that only feeds SF area. It's not attached to other water sources, or feed water to other areas & none of it is used for Ag. The water there is purely for the Bay Area. That one hasn't been drained into the ocean for some reason... & neither has the water evaporated owing to climate change. I wonder how the climate knew not to boil that one dry?
It's also one of the dams that environmentalists want to remove...Countless others already are being removed, which I'm sure will do wonders for water storage in a State where the system was designed to store water for half the population we have now...
If you want to see how insane these environmentalists are, just Google Sites Reservoir & that entire fiasco.
But hey, at least the power company decided to cater to white water rafters...
Getting back to the dishonest media :
In California, the "Water Year" runs from October 1st to Sept 30th. The media & everyone else knows this. On Friday, the local Fresno paper was reporting that "Despite rainfall, Fresno still below yearly average".. This was EIGHT DAYS into the (water) year, so yeah, it's WAY below the yearly average because there's still another THREE HUNDRED & FIFTY SEVEN days to go.. This is akin to the BBC declaring the Summer a disaster on January 8th.
I'd rather have an airplane guy work on my keyboard than have a keyboard guy work on my airplane...