Grumpy Editor observed keeping the California drought “alive” seems to be the goal of some journalists as was the case over the weekend with an Associated Press story with a second paragraph that read: “California is, in fact, in midst of a drought. Last year capped the state's driest four-year period in its history, with record low rainfall and snow.”
“In midst of a drought?” Hey, California’s drought, despite what Gov. Jerry Brown and environmentalists say, is over.
That followed a lead that mentioned Donald Trump, at a Fresno rally, declared, “There is no drought.” That brought cheers from those attending.
Trump accused state officials of denying water to central valley farmers so they can send it out to sea “to protect a certain kind of three-inch fish,” the AP story pointed out, adding that Trump said, “You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea.”
Grumpy Editor found the much-heralded El Niño in recent months brought almost the normal average snow pack to California's Sierra Nevada. Snow serves as a reservoir with slow release of water over a long period.
Water from the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada is channeled to Southern California via the Los Angeles Aqueduct, completed in 1913.
Meanwhile, going into spring, California's largest reservoir, Lake Shasta in Shasta County, rose above its average level for the first time in three years as did the state's second-largest, Lake Oroville in Butte County.
Other precious Golden State water is wasted. Billions of gallons of water were released from Lake Folsom a few months ago --- to avert flooding. Other areas discharged water to protect endangered smelt and salmon. The dumped water simply flowed to the Pacific Ocean.
The Pacific also gets a boost from the Los Angeles area where the Los Angeles River almost overflows from major rainstorms. Its much-sought contents also ends up in the ocean rather than into additional reservoirs that should be, but somehow are never built, to provide water storage for drought periods.
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