Seeing is believing. California after six more months of no water. Check out these maps. They aren’t political maps; they are drought maps.
Couple that with this July 10, 2014 synopsis from the National Weather Service El Nino forecasters, “At this time, the forecasters anticipate El Niño will peak at weak to moderate strength during the late fall and early winter,” and things are looking pretty bleak for the coming year. El Nino is not going to be the savior we had hoped for.
In years past, we have been able to run to the water bank (groundwater basins) when things got dry. We can, and should, still do that, but we need to get all the pumpers to work together to keep those banks from running dry. It’s too late for this drought, because we don’t have enough supply to recharge them until it rains, but with a little effort and cooperation, we can set them up for even better service for future droughts.
With or without statewide legislation, let’s take the plunge into groundwater management — now!