The Govenator tells californians to reduce water use by 20 percent...wtf
  1. <H1 id=story_headline>California urges all to cut water use by 20 percent</H1> <SCRIPT src="http://w.sharethis.com/button/sharethis.js#tabs=email%2Cpost%2Cweb&charset=u tf-8&style=rotate&publisher=07b82a1a-1737-43ed-bfb1-03a19aa05a39&headerbg=%23edf3f5&linkfg=%23 024a82" type=text/javascript></SCRIPT> <SPAN id=sharethis_0><SPAN class=stbuttontext>ShareThis</SPAN></SPAN>
    By Matt Weiser and Jim Downing
    mweiser@sacbee.com
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    } &--> <SCRIPT> //$(document).ready(function(){ // $("#bug").dialog("autoOpen",&q uot;false"); //}); </SCRIPT> Published: Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 - 12:00 am | Page 1A

    State water officials sent out an urgent call Friday to all Californians, urging an immediate 20 percent cut in water use to ease a drought that could be the next serious hit to California's economy.

    The conservation plea came as state and federal water managers announced delivery forecasts that, combined, are the worst ever in the state.

    Results in the farm sector alone could include higher food prices and severe unemployment as thousands of acres are fallowed.

    "Bottom line: This is going to be a tough year for us," said Donald Glaser, regional director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, manager of the federal water system in California

    There's a glimmer of hope in rain and snow forecast for next week. Yet, on Friday, Glaser told farmers served by the federal Central Valley Project they will get no water this year. This includes customers in the Sacramento Valley because Shasta reservoir, the state's largest, is only 35 percent full.

    Officials aimed a warning at those who thought recent storms broke the drought:

    California is already deep into a third year of drought, with little of winter left to make up ground.

    "These storms have been great, but they have done nothing to alleviate the drought," said Lester Snow, director of the California Department of Water Resources.

    "You've got to think about water as a precious commodity," he added. "It is relatively easy to reduce your water use by 20 percent. We need to do that now."

    The State Water Project, which serves some 23 million California residents, also warned customers Friday they will get only 15 percent of normal deliveries.

    In response to the dire water forecasts, the city of Roseville on Friday imposed a 20 percent conservation order for all customers. Folsom and the San Juan Water District will soon do the same.

    A drought emergency declared by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year remains in effect. If anything, the emergency has only grown. There are plenty of grim numbers to tell the tale:

    • January, normally California's wettest month, produced only 31.8 percent of normal precipitation statewide this year.

    • Water officials say without more storms, runoff from the snowpack will be only 57 percent of average – far from enough to refill reservoirs.

    • With little time left in winter, state climatologists estimate there's only a 10 percent chance the snowpack will return to "normal" conditions.

    Adding concern is California's population, which has grown by more than 9 million since the last major drought in 1992. Farmers also have converted more than 500,000 acres to permanent crops like orchards and vineyards, which can't be fallowed.

    "We've had a much greater demand component come on board," said Mark Svoboda, climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Nebraska, who will visit Woodland on Thursday to host a drought seminar for farmers.

    "We don't have any margin for buffering this," he said. "It's a sleeping giant, just waiting to come out of dormancy if we do not get rain and snow over the next one or two months."

    Many farmers will attempt to tap groundwater. But water tables are already low after heavy pumping last year. Some are trying to buy water from other farmers, trading that's driving up water prices.

    Most will have to take land out of production and slash planting of low-value crops like cotton.

    Richard Howitt, economist at UC Davis, estimates about 850,000 acres will go unplanted this year – about 12 percent of irrigated farmland in the Central Valley. This could put 40,000 people out of work.

    Mark Borba, who farms 8,500 acres in Fresno County, will leave about 20 percent of his land unplanted. He's reduced wheat and lettuce crops and plans to abandon cotton altogether. He's focusing on keeping his almond trees alive and growing processing tomatoes, which are fetching a good price this year.

    Borba is also considering layoffs in his staff of 47 full-time and 135 part-time workers.

    "The writing is now on the wall," he said.

    Land fallowing and smaller harvests are likely to push food prices higher, said Jim Prevor, editor of Produce Business magazine. But he said farmers elsewhere in the country – and internationally – are likely to take up much of the slack.

    "For months now, the whole industry has been gearing toward the expectation that there is not going to be enough water in California," Prevor said.

    Lester Snow at the Department of Water Resources said he expects all urban water agencies to begin imposing mandatory rationing within 60 days. Many have done so already, including most of the state's large urban areas.

    In the Sacramento region, agencies affected by Friday's news include those that depend on Folsom Lake, managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. In addition to its agricultural forecast, the bureau told urban customers they would get just 50 percent of normal water deliveries.

    Roseville ordered residents to cut use 20 percent. Commercial customers must reduce landscape irrigation 30 percent. Increased water-waste patrols will ensure compliance.

    The San Juan Water District sells Folsom Lake water to neighboring Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks and Orangevale. It will soon require all customers to trim use by 20 percent.

    "People should not be irrigating now," said Shauna Lorance, district general manager. "Save the water for later."

    The city of Folsom will also set a mandatory 20 percent conservation target as part of a "Stage Three" water warning within the next week or two.

    The city of Sacramento has among the state's most stable water supplies and has not announced any rationing steps. But a workshop on water conservation is planned for the City Council on Tuesday.

    Also threatened by the drought are water flows needed to protect aquatic habitat and endangered species.

    What are your thoughts people...anyone think this is ridic as I do?
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  2. cool, but I am not listening to him. I am going to increase water intake and leave my hose on the lawn to piss off pelosi and her cronies
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  3. Pelosi is disgusting
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  4.  
    Originally Posted by darkpoker12 View Post

    cool, but I am not listening to him. I am going to increase water intake and leave my hose on the lawn to piss off pelosi and her cronies

    thatll teach em. plz be level.
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  5. I already had to leave my outside water off for 2 weeks a month ago so I expected something like this. Did we just have an earthquake? Anyway...it's going to be very hard to do that with the summer coming up and just did my back yard.

    I should maybe of read the whole post to give my opinion though.
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  6. pm underdog who actually voted for steve young the tool
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  7. Descending into SMF Sacramento from over the Sierra's its amazing the number of rice fields you see. Talk about a waste of water.
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  8. i wonder if they'll revive the catchy water saving ads from the 70's... pee don't poo do
     
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  9. I honestly hate people that water their lawn.
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  10. if its yellow, let it mellow . . . if its brown, flush it down.
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  11. <h2>Some of our Accomplishments</h2> <h3>Water</h3>
    In partnership with LADWP and Falcon Waterless Urinals, STAPLES Center has installed 176 waterless urinals. With no urinals using water STAPLES Center can save over 7,000,000 gallons of water a year.

    In addition, STAPLES Center utilizes other water saving features such as metered and sensor faucets in all restrooms.
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  12.  
    Originally Posted by BlufferChic View Post

    i wonder if they'll revive the catchy water saving ads from the 70's... pee don't poo do

    Ya a few years ago here in indy they tried to say we were running out of water, and people got fined for watering the lawn on certain days.
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  13. i think i could cut my water usage by 20% if i needed to. I don't live in California, but I should prob cut back myself.
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  14.  
    Originally Posted by Lenny View Post


    <H2>Some of our Accomplishments</H2> <H3>Water</H3>
    In partnership with LADWP and Falcon Waterless Urinals, STAPLES Center has installed 176 waterless urinals. With no urinals using water STAPLES Center can save over 7,000,000 gallons of water a year.

    In addition, STAPLES Center utilizes other water saving features such as metered and sensor faucets in all restrooms.

    NH SIR
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  15. Do it, or else He will come visit you
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  16. CA's new slogan: "If it's yellow, be mellow. If it's brown, flush it down!"

    Do your part, save that water.
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  17. i'm sfglad i moved out of california... cause yellow is never going to be mellow with me - i am not allowing some piss to just marinate in my toilet bowl, ever
     
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  18.  
    Originally Posted by RGallaway View Post

     
    Originally Posted by BlufferChic View Post

    i wonder if they'll revive the catchy water saving ads from the 70's... pee don't poo do

    Ya a few years ago here in indy they tried to say we were running out of water, and people got fined for watering the lawn on certain days.

    lol you were running out of water smart guy. They had geist down to its lowest point ever or something. So the local government set like a bare minimum restriction that you couldnt water you lawns a few days a week. OMG what a conspiracy
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  19.  
    Originally Posted by cizastro View Post

    CA's new slogan: "If it's yellow, be mellow. If it's brown, flush it down! If it likes dick, get rid of it quick"

    Do your part, save that water.

    fyp imo
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  20. ^

    ???

    Is that some anti-gay slogan?

    Me confused.
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  21. Lol
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  22.  
    Originally Posted by The Precedent View Post

     
    Originally Posted by RGallaway View Post

     
    Originally Posted by BlufferChic View Post

    i wonder if they'll revive the catchy water saving ads from the 70's... pee don't poo do

    Ya a few years ago here in indy they tried to say we were running out of water, and people got fined for watering the lawn on certain days.

    lol you were running out of water smart guy. They had geist down to its lowest point ever or something. So the local government set like a bare minimum restriction that you couldnt water you lawns a few days a week. OMG what a conspiracy

    I live in geist and no we were not running out of water, yes it was low but people watering the yard was not going to make it run out. They researched it, do YOUR homework.
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  23.  
    Originally Posted by RGallaway View Post

     
    Originally Posted by The Precedent View Post

     
    Originally Posted by RGallaway View Post

     
    Originally Posted by BlufferChic View Post

    i wonder if they'll revive the catchy water saving ads from the 70's... pee don't poo do

    Ya a few years ago here in indy they tried to say we were running out of water, and people got fined for watering the lawn on certain days.

    lol you were running out of water smart guy. They had geist down to its lowest point ever or something. So the local government set like a bare minimum restriction that you couldnt water you lawns a few days a week. OMG what a conspiracy

    I live in geist and no we were not running out of water, yes it was low but people watering the yard was not going to make it run out. They researched it, do YOUR homework.

    LOOOOOL yep they just made the restrictions bc they wanted your lawns to die.
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  24. Since I hate pelosi (and want UD to take less showers) I plan to increase my water consumption 20% like all good Coloradans should. They get a huge part of their water from the Colorado river. I will ship bottled Fiji water to norcal and darkpoker though. ...Ok OK ok I can probably turn the faucet off more between baby bottles being cleaned. Jeeeeez so touchy! Farmers use more of the water than anyone though.
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  25. She will get on her private 757 that she had to have, and hunt you down
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  26.  
    Originally Posted by The Precedent View Post

     
    Originally Posted by RGallaway View Post

     
    Originally Posted by The Precedent View Post

     
    Originally Posted by RGallaway View Post

     
    Originally Posted by BlufferChic View Post

    i wonder if they'll revive the catchy water saving ads from the 70's... pee don't poo do

    Ya a few years ago here in indy they tried to say we were running out of water, and people got fined for watering the lawn on certain days.

    lol you were running out of water smart guy. They had geist down to its lowest point ever or something. So the local government set like a bare minimum restriction that you couldnt water you lawns a few days a week. OMG what a conspiracy

    I live in geist and no we were not running out of water, yes it was low but people watering the yard was not going to make it run out. They researched it, do YOUR homework.

    LOOOOOL yep they just made the restrictions bc they wanted your lawns to die.

    Exactly!...lol
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  27.  
    Originally Posted by cizastro View Post

    ^

    ???

    Is that some anti-gay slogan?

    Me confused.

    you forgot we voted against prop 8
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  29.  
    Originally Posted by darkpoker12 View Post

     
    Originally Posted by cizastro View Post

    ^

    ???

    Is that some anti-gay slogan?

    Me confused.

    you forgot we voted against prop 8

    I voted against Prop 8. I believe a vote against was a vote for allowing gay marriage to continue to be legal.

    O wells, I'm sure soon enough people will get over their fear of gay marriage.
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  30. why worry about water? pm al gore re cali being underwater in <STRIKE>20</STRIKE> <STRIKE>15</STRIKE> <STRIKE>10</STRIKE> <STRIKE>5</STRIKE> 3 years!

    ps. skisteve owns. imported h2o rules! glub glub glub either way, eh?
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