Californians divided on water shortage solutions

April 16, 2014

water2Nearly nine out of 10 Californians say the state is suffering from a “serious water shortage,” according to a statewide Field Poll of 1,000 registered voters. However, residents are deeply divided on how to solve the dilemma. [MercuryNews]

The deepest divides on how to solve the water shortage are between people in the Bay Area and Central Valley residents. Central Valley residents favor building new dams and waiving environmental rules to pump more water while Bay Area residents want to retain environmental protections and are least supportive of constructing new dams.

Coastal residents have a larger percentage of people who vote Democrat while the Central Valley has a larger number of people who vote Republican. In the Central Valley, water supplies for farming impact jobs more than the Bay Area where the economy is fueled by tourism, software and other economic engines.

According to the poll, 88 percent of people believe California has a serious water shortage.

Of those surveyed, 37 percent said the water shortage is because cities and farms haven’t used existing supplies efficiently enough while 27 percent said it is because California does not have enough reservoirs and storage.

 


18 Comments

  1. Myself says:

    Sending millions of gallons of water out to the ocean for a fish that doesn’t even respond to the enviroment that has been “rebuilt” for it doesn’t make a lick of sense, but putting farms and ranches out of business for lack of water because of these fish threatens billions of dollars of economics to this state,also there is the other businesses that are going and will go out of business because of these fish,farm supply companys,fuel companys parts companys lot of economic destruction going on here. Then on the other hand we have the fruit cakes that want to remove hydro electric dams and or dams in general to restore the enviroment,hummmm that is really going to help to supply water to this state isn’t it.

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  2. Rambunctious says:

    There was a time when people thought ahead and collected rain water. They would collect it in rain barrels or whatever else they could find to save enough water in to get through the dry drought plague years. Then someone decided a reservoir would do a great job of collecting and holding water from rain and snow run off. Why we stopped building dams is a mystery to me but I bet there are phony environmental concerns holding us back.

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  3. Ted Slanders says:

    I have seen a few droughts in California, like nature gives a damn in changing its ways to accommodate man with his insidious expansion to a given area. Just start a new city where there is a known abundance of water.

    The irony of the City Fathers initiating more and more expansion, is their landscapes are destroyed as well and they too will be on water rationing along with the other ramifications due to a continuing water shortage. Why do the cities think that they have to expand the tax base all the time, and at who’s expense?

    The big developers who do the expansions are at the expense of the people that are left behind. Do you think that they really care subsequent to over expanding an area as they are sitting in Cabo with their umbrella drinks laughing all the way to the bank?

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  4. Mitch C says:

    The Pismo Beach City Council wants to add a zillion homes, a hotel, golf course, ferris wheel, and anything else they can remember along Price Canyon Road which will need water that does not exist. We are currently in a water emergency … an emergency that happens ever few years (those of us who have lived here for some time remember the last “water emergency” and the one before that). Hello, Pismo Council there is no water for expansion so spend your time addressing other issues that will not leave those of us who live here living under a list of rules on what water we can use and what we cannot. In reality you do not have enough water to support what is currently built … wake up!

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  5. achillesheal says:

    It appears that 0% said that there hasn’t been enough rain.

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  6. Ted Slanders says:

    “I also withheld the rain from you when there were yet three months to the harvest; I would send rain on one city, and send no rain on another city; one field would have rain, and the field on which it did not rain would wither; so two or three cities would wander to another city to drink water, and would not be satisfied;yet you did not return to me, declares the Lord.” (Amos 4:7-8)

    The above godly inspired word is where Israel did not obey our ever-loving and forgiving Lord, and the outcome is shown by our Lord playing “rain games” where He would send water to one area, and not to another. Our Lord is the master at these types of games to prove that He runs the show. We’re to follow ALL of his commands within the bible, or in California’s case, our land will dry up and die in certain areas!

    Our Lord is probably bent out of shape because He looks down at California and sees the debauchery of Hollywood, gay marriage, no prayer in public schools, women’s rights, family planning clinics, gays working at Disneyland, and the list goes on. We must remove the aforementioned entities from our state along with other ungodly depravities to return to God’s word to regain the rain!

    We can stop this drought if everyone in California will give up rational thinking and just accept the bible and follow ALL of it and tell others to do the same. In this case, strength is in numbers!

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    • cooperdog says:

      “Ever-loving and forgiving Lord?” Sounds petty and vindictive to me.

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        coop,

        When we read from the bible, there’re times when we have to think irrationally to a biblical perceived axiom of our God being loving and forgiving, even though it is proven to go directly against what our God’s modus operandi actually shows itself to be in the bible. It’s just a part of being a Christian.

        As you can see on the weather channel, there is no rain predicted for the rest of the month. Our God must be really discouraged with California.

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    • whatdouno says:

      Ted I would think that the Lord is bent out of shape because you keep beating people over the head with the old testament of the Bible.
      In case you haven’t heard Jesus died for ALL the sin of the world and we are under His Grace.
      Love God, Love others, don’t judge. Our greatest witness to Him is to spread the Word of His Love and Forgiveness.

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        whatyoudontno

        Jesus stated; “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” (John 15:10) “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) Jesus can only keep His Father’s commands in the Old Testament, and his words will never pass away, therefore, the Old Testament is to be followed.

        In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes it clear that He DID NOT come to destroy, rescind, nullify or abrogate the Old Testament Laws, all 613 of them: “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18). With these words, Jesus likened the continuance of the Mosaic Laws to the permanence of heaven and earth. Now, has Heaven and earth passed away or disappeared yet? No, it has not. Therefore, as Jesus stated with specificity, the true Christian is to follow every jot and tittle of the 613 commanded laws of the Old Testament until the earth and heaven do pass away!

        Please refrain from writing your Third Testament to justify not following the First Testament, for you are guilty of the following: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4: 3)

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        • whatdouno says:

          If the law of Moses bears the same relationship to men today, in terms of its binding status, then it was not fulfilled, and Jesus failed at what He came to do. On the other hand, if the Lord did accomplish His goal, then the law was fulfilled, and it is not a binding legal institution today.
          Jesus either fulfilled all of the law, or none of it. What Jesus’ death means for the sacrificial system, it also means for the other aspects of the law.

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          • Ted Slanders says:

            whatdouno,

            I seriously hate to see my fellow Christians needlessly turning themselves into pretzels by using their own interpretations to the literal word of our Hebrew God.

            Some try to deny Jesus’ plain, simple and ever so revealing statement by interpreting said verse to mean the 613 Old Testament laws were not abolished until Jesus came and fulfilled it. Huh? They then INTERPRET “fulfill” as “bringing to an end,” “superseding” or some other synonym for “abolishing.” But, in essence they have Jesus saying, “I did not come to abolish the law, but to abolish it!” A funny notion is it not?

            Until the ultimate completion of God’s plan to glorify humanity in His Kingdom comes to pass—that is, as long as there are still fleshly human beings—the physical codification of God’s law in Old Testament Scriptures is necessary. This, Jesus explained, is as certain as the continued existence of Heaven and Earth. Has heaven and earth passed away yet?

            “In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome (1 John 5:3)

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    • SanSimeonSam says:

      Who the hell is Amos ? Is there a book of Andy too ?

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        Sam,

        “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7 )

        I will say a prayer for you tonight, and you can thank me later.

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  7. Jorge Estrada says:

    Should we build more housing units or grow more potates?

    Since we taxpayer are funding the decision makers, at a level which requires excessive growth, it is easy to understand what the short term solution has been and will continue to be.

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