When more than 80 percent of California faces extreme drought -- the spigots remain open
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/21/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
Extremely dry conditions in the state of California has 80 percent of the so-called Golden State in extreme drought conditions. Many couldn't tell the difference in many urban areas: Sprinklers go full blast on many lawns, and lots of waters goes wasted by falling on sidewalks, where it quickly evaporates in the summer heat.
At the headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, fountains are still operating. The one change is that they turn off at mid-morning, and haven't been running full-time since the spring.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the National Weather Service, the Drought Monitor Update for July 15 shows 81 percent of California in the category of extreme drought or worse, up from 78 percent. Three short months ago, it was 68 percent.
Drought conditions have worsened in parts of Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.
While many officials are getting tough on water wasters, many continue to get away with "water homicide."
Downtown Los Angeles certainly doesn't look like a city devastated by the state's worst drought in decades. Areas remain green with landscaping and fountains in many city courtyards are running. People continue to water their lawns, wash their cars and fill their pools.
California Governor Jerry Brown announced last week, that compared to last year, water use for the month of May actually went up in some parts of the state - including in coastal Southern California, the region including Los Angeles, where water use rose 8 percent. The state has responded by voting to fine water-wasters up to $500.
Molly Peterson, an environment correspondent says the situation is more complicated than it appears. Those fountain downtown L.A., she says, use "recirculated water."
Even at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, fountains are still operating. The one change is that they turn off at mid-morning, and haven't been running full-time since the spring.
"They're leaving the water in so it's not ugly, but they're minimizing the possibility that it's going to be evaporating," Peterson says.
In the meantime, severe drought conditions are plainly evident as hundreds of house boats are dwarfed by steep banks that show the water level down 160 feet from the high water mark at Bidwell Canyon Marina on Lake Oroville on June 21.
Many Southern California cities, including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Long Beach, already have mandatory restrictions in place.
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2018
For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters. That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.
The Church needs to be clothed with the same power of the Holy Spirit which transformed the early disciples from a frightened fraternity to ... continue reading
Mother's Day is around the corner and once again, America is missing her children. Only this time, it is much worse. Nothing has changed ... continue reading
The Ascension invites us to reflect on who Jesus is - and who we are empowered to become in Him, beginning now and opening up into the ... continue reading
President Trump has welcomed three Americans held as prisoners in North Korea and freed by his diplomatic efforts. The release of the ... continue reading
Catholics angry with Met Gala 'blasphemous' theme, but here's what the Church just said about it Watch
This year's Met Gala has stirred controversy with its Catholic theme. Celebrity attendees made a show of wearing ostentatious outfits ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- St. Eugene de Mazenod: Saint of the Day for Monday, May 21, 2018
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 HD Video
- Evangelize through the Digital World: Pope Francis encourages young ...
- Daily Readings for Monday, May 21, 2018
- Daily Reading for Monday, May 21st, 2018 HD Video
- Pope Speaks on Promises during Pentecost
- The Power of Pentecost. What Happened to Those Charismatic Catholics?
- Daily Reading for Sunday, May 20th, 2018 HD
- Vatican tells nuns, less time on social media, more prayer! HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, May 19th, 2018 HD
- A victory for life, Judge overturns California assisted suicide law HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education