crops like cotton and rice, which should NEVER be
farmed in a drought-prone area. Result: THE
GROUND WATER IS RAPIDLY BEING DEPLETED.
If the free market were working, the drought
would result in higher water prices. Farmers
would switch to less thirsty crops.
Much like energy deregulation allows the market
to set energy prices to provide for production,
delivery, and profit.
That's not the impression I meant to give. Yes, the drought WILL end.
Any conservation action is always good, but realistically it's too late
to have much effect on this one. The state has done a decent job of
managing droughts, fires & floods in my opinion, considering that
politics is always involved.
This goes far deeper than just a drought.
Most of the US is using water faster than the replenishing rate, even
in wet years. The ogalalla aquifer in the central part of the US is
dropping very fast and that is fossil water that built up over
thousands of years. It is not coming back.
The Colorado river has gone from a raging river to a trickle by the
time it gets to southern California. All of the big dams are low.
Even here in Florida where we get plenty of rain, our aquifers are
dropping fast. We suck it out and pump it on (mostly) grass, faster
than it can get back down there.
That's not surprising. Your horizons don't extend past the end of
Even England has been known to ban "hosepipes" as they call them
(two years ago, during the summer drought). (The use, not the
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