Mahatma Gandhi once said that “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.” 1 The quote talks about how Earth gives us beauty and our basic needs, but when people get greedy it disappears and in my opinion I feel like this quote relates to the topic about the debate of Hetch Hetchy Dam. Back in 1913, there was a Congress hearing debating whether or not the Hetch Hetchy Dam should be built into a part of the California’s Yosemite National Park. The dam was being built so water could be brought to the city of San Francisco. However, during the debate there were some people who were about the dam being built and there were others who weren’t. The people who were for the dam being built were known as preservationist. An example of a preservationist was John Muir; he thought building the dam was being more useful to the nation compared to not disturbing it. But then there were people who argued against the debate like Gifford Pinchot. Pinchot was known as a conversevasionlist, and they were the people who cared more about nature and wanting
Although the current drought is exceptional for its high temperatures and affecting the largest supply of water in Southwestern United States, the Colorado River Basin, by decreasing the water levels. With the lack of water source it is also negatively impacting human health, agriculture, energy, and ecosystems. Water resources are crucial for any sort of living organism, but very scarce due the current drought, which holds complications for the future and alterations people have to construct to maintain water sustainability.
California may have gained statehood on September 9, 1850, but the roots that the early Spaniards created, has made California the mecca it is today. California is very diverse state it has desserts, mountains, and is next to the ocean. This creates endless possibilities for growth in many different economy drive industries to flood this great state. The major industries that have made California this mecca are the movie studio system, the aerospace industry, and the agriculture business. In my option the most important industry in California is the agriculture business, I will try not to bore you with my two cents on this topic. Agriculture is a major industry for the Golden State. With 80,500 farms and ranches, California agriculture is a
Growing up in Orange County, California, I would have never imagined that my Golden State was turning brown. I always think of California as being typified by lush greenery and beautiful beaches, yet in reality, it is facing one of the most severe droughts on record. It is so severe that the Governor Edmund Brown had recently declared a drought State of Emergency this January. In response, directed state officials have recently planned to take action to prepare for these “water shortages” by imposing restrictions on the amount of water used by California residents. Because the people who live in wealthy and affluent neighborhoods use about five times as much water per capita as the average Californian, those who reside in more affluent areas
The 1930s in America were not prosperous years for the nation. The time saw a drought that could be compared to biblical proportions.
The California Water Wars involved Owen 's Valley and Los Angeles struggling with each other. Mulholland built a aqueduct, but where did the water come from? The water was provided from the Owen 's Lake. The farmers and ranchers of Owen 's Valley didn 't give up their water rights easily. Fred Eaton and William Mulholland both used lies and a series of trickery and strategies to convince the farmers to give their water to Los Angeles. But, when they found out they 've been lied to, they were outraged. Mulholland had easily taken their water and built a aqueduct, so the ranchers were angry. They were so outraged that they decided to blow up the aqueduct! Once they did, Mulholland was mad and starting being protective over the water he lied
California needs a lot of water, since it is one of the top agricultural state. As, water accessibility states choices for “crops and irrigation” approaches. Since, most of the water that is utilized by agriculture goes to five main produces like:” alfalfa, cotton, rice, grapes, and irrigated pasture”. Most water is received from the Sacramento River, Colorado River, as the San Joaquin River. However, all these rivers carry a quite a lot of salt and with climate change happening is creating tings worst. Because is causing the water to evaporate quicker therefore, causing less water, since it is drying up the sea. Furthermore, this happening is also harming animals like the birds that migrate and if it dries up completely then can cause air
Drought has hit California hard. There is barely any more water remaining, “the Golden State has depleted its water resources so much that it 'll all be gone in about one year”(Jay Famiglietti). This NASA scientist used satellites to figure out that most of our water sources are completely depleted. A few weeks ago, there was a huge fire called “The Valley Fire which scorched more than 76,000 acres across Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, killed four civilians, injured four firefighters and destroyed nearly 2,000 buildings”(Kale Williams). The Valley Fire grew so fast, since there was a terrible amount of dry brush and trees, which easily caught the whole area on fire, and that’s also how the fire grew 10,000 acres over a few hours. This mess
As harvest time is coming close, many farmers are preparing for it, drying out wheat and preparing cattle to be transferred. Everything was going well for the farmers of the Great Plains, they might even have a good season. Then, a large dark cloud appeared, covering the sun, locusts. Some say you could hear them before you saw them, their loud screeches being heard. Something wrong was going to happen, we just didn’t know it yet.
It has been four years since the drought hit California and it getting worse. The cause and effect of California drought could be written to show cause or effect of the drought and there are several sources for information. Help yourself with this link .
Imagine a place where there is no food at all, now look at California. California can become this if we pass any groundwater laws. California is going through a major drought and there are ongoing debates on whether they should pass laws to regulate groundwater. The state should not be able to control groundwater. They should leave the groundwater for the farmers to distribute and use.
California is currently in a water crisis where we are in a loss of water. Californians need a solution to this water crisis or else the entire state may be stuck without water to supply our water needs. Water is necessary in all of California to maintain a sustainable biodiversity. In order to survive, we need to figure out ways to reduce water use in California, which is famous for its farming and weather. Farmers need to find a new way to reduce water. California is in a severe drought of water. And to sustain a healthy state, this water must be obtained in some fashion. However, during the period between finding a new source of water, the water that we have needs to be saved. During this period, scientists have been finding
The wind-driven infernos that are scarring vast swaths of Southern California 's landscape may leave more than just a temporary path of destruction when they are finally extinguished.
Flood hazards are present in all types of environments ranging from deserts to tropical rainforests and even developed cities, however what distinguishes the three are their individual ability of naturally preventing floods and mudslides from occurring. In deserts, most of the ground absorbs the rain and in the forests tree roots keep the ground from turning into mudslides but cities have to route the rain into reservoirs, basins and drains because impermeable pavement denies the soil access to soak up the rain. Location is important when choosing where to buy a home and it is useful to know the flood prevention systems your watershed uses to protect homes.
Have you ever heard of someone spray-painting their lawn because they are too lazy to water it? Due to new laws about limited watering because of the severe ongoing drought, many residents of California are adopting this method as the green way of keeping their lawns green. This drought, which has been going on for four years, is caused by a number of factors. The main cause of the drought is the weather pattern known as the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge (Triple R), the effects of which are worsened by California’s water distribution laws.