Sunday, March 08, 2009
The California Drought
There is an old saying in the western US - "Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting." California is in its third year of a serious drought. Reservoirs like Lake Oroville above are nearly dry. Central Valley agriculture has been cut off. Homeowners and many businesses face severe water rationing. One business that seems secure is golf. While talking minimal conservation, desert golf course like the Palm Springs resort below are preparing to pump underground aquifers dry to maintain their sport, using the interesting argument that golf is more important than food.