Solutions to California's Water Crisis
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The paper discusses the main causes of and solutions to California's water-related problems and specifically considers the implications of leaving fields to fallow. The paper explains how although this strategy makes immediate sense in terms of water conservation, the effort is a drastic measure that can hurt California's water future. The looks at the long-term solutions to the water crisis and finds that as population growth and climate change are both expected to be future realities, infrastructure development remains one of the most practical solutions to California's water crisis. The paper emphasizes that if California is to avoid an all-out crisis that could spill out onto the political arena, then continued efforts to quell the water crisis are crucial.
From the Paper:"Conservation should not be discounted as a primary solution to the water crisis, at least in the short term. Carpenter notes that Australia, which has grappled with a major water crisis of its own for years, implements "strict water-saving measures" including requiring "residents to use less water in their homes, caused government to build large-scale desalination plants and led farmers to implement drip irrigation systems." The Australian response to water crises offers a model for California.
"The California Department of Water Resources emphasizes drought as the major cause of the state water crisis. Drought is defined not necessarily by a lack of rainfall but by the availability of water resources to a given population. California boasts "an extensive system of water supply infrastructure," notes the California Department of Water Resources. Moreover, drought may be defined differently by different stakeholders. Regardless of how they are defined, drought conditions are one of the major causes of the California water crisis. Climate change and overpopulation are likely to contribute to the problems associated with drought. According to Carpenter, California is currently experiencing its third year of drought, which is "exacerbated by a growing population and climate change considerations.""
Sample of Sources Used:
- California Department of Water Resources. "Drought Background." Retrieved 9 May 2010 from http://www.water.ca.gov/drought/
- California Farm Bureau Federation. "California Water Crisis." Retrieved 9 May 2010 from http://www.cfbf.com/agalert/watercrisis.cfm
- Carpenter, Susan. "Australian water crisis offers clues for California." Los Angeles Times. 15 Jan 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010 from http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2010/01/australian-water-crisis-provides-clues-for-california-at-gday-usa.html
- Cline, Harry. "California water crisis continues." Western Farm Press. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2010 from http://westernfarmpress.com/environment/water-crisis-0420/
- "Fact Sheet." ACWA. Sept 2007. Retrieved May 2010 from http://www.calwatercrisis.org/pdf/ACWA_FactSheet_Sept2007.pdf
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