What is the plan California? I am not familiar with all the details of the water issues and the exact detailing of propsals to mitigate the unfolding natural disaster of water scarcity, however I do know it's an issue and a serious one at that not easily remedied. Elder wanted to develop infrastructure. I heard one candidate suggest a pipeline to the Mississippi? This idea seemed like a crazy one. Although it does make you wonder if one state would be allowed to tap resources of others which could then possibly cause future calamity for more areas. But what is the plan, what is California's plan? From what I hear the population in CA is shrinking for the first time. Maybe the plan is - people leave, more water? This is a big problem. CA has almost 1/10 of US population. What is the plan? Other states who could be impacted by a future pipeline should be able to demand CA start getting some comprehensive plan in place NOW and not sit by then expect to rely on waterways essential to other areas of the nation.
California’s plan, particularly when it comes to both the northern and southern parts of the state, must involve its neighbors. The Klamath and the Colorado rivers are not California’s to use unilaterally, no matter what archaic riparian (water) rights exist. But in a federalist system such as ours, cooperation is sometimes difficult to achieve between the states.
Additionally, ever since we became a state we have steadily diverted the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, as well as the rivers that feed them, for agriculture, drinking water and mineral extraction. In the southern part of the state we turned desert into orange groves and avocado orchards and in the Sacramento Valley, the most fertile region on the planet, we turned chaparral into vineyards, almond & pistachio orchards and even rice paddies.
Agriculture accounts for about 80% of California’s water usage, but since most of the produce grown here is exported, it’s hard to say that California is being selfish about its water usage. That said, we must stop planting lawns, develop more sustainable methods of irrigation and build more desalinization plants in adapting to the changes in climate.
I am from California. California should take better care of watersheds, aquifers, forests, agriculture, diversion of water not mainly from the Colorado River but from other sources. The Colorado is dwindling due to climate change. California should slow down building development. There is not enough water to go around for more development. California needs more rapid transit infrastructure, not more highways, but they should be kept up. Water must not be wasted in California. A lot is needed for the economy... many crops are grown, so it is very much needed for that. But not water for crops like nuts or for animal agriculture, which use way too much water. Crops should be grown in a sustainable way which conserves water. People should limit how much meat they eat for the sake of the entire planet earth. Animal agriculture uses up too much land which could be used for crops to feed people, not for over population of animals used for meat. Way too much meat. Don't stop eating it... just stop being greedy about eating it. Is that too much to ask?.... There is a lot more to say about CA. Someone else please say it.