Thursday, May 17, 2007

Drought in Australia. Better check the Sierra Snowpack.

I had dropped Politics in the Zeros off my blog list as the owner is no longer living in California. But, a tip o' the baton to Lisa Taylor for catching this post on the Australian drought and the concern for California's future.

The need to be concerned is very obvious, especially if you look at the chart regarding the mountain snow pack that accompanies this article in High County News. The pattern of lower than normal rainfall is just what most climate change models are predicting.

Building more dams is not the answer. That just creates more surface from which the water can evaporate and does not guarantee success. If the rainfall / snowfall models are correct, we may already have the capacity to hold all of the water that will fall in the future.

There are several organizations who are doing more to define what we need than all of the politicians put together. One is the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). If you are as concerned about this issue as I am, you should start by reading Principles for a Sustainable Water Future in California on their web site. In fact, it might be a good idea for the GPCA to agree to these principles.

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