Drought in California, Oregon & Washington too!

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So here I am in California dealing with a record breaking drought and I had no clue that Washington was also dealing with a drought! I heard someone mention it and I had to look. It's true. Washington is also dealing with a drought!

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/drought/index.html

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Here is another link.

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?WA

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And another...

http://rainbank.info/drought-emergency-declared-in-washington-state/

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Oh wow....Oregon TOO!!!

http://www.plantmaps.com/interactive-oregon-drought-monitor-map.php

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California's 100-year drought is CYCLICAL
Overall, "the nature of the beast is that drought is cyclical, and these long periods of drought have been commonplace in the past," according to Mark Svoboda, a climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb. "We are simply much more vulnerable today than at any time in the past. People can't just pick up and leave to the degree they did in the past."

Water Use in California

Drought: 10 things to know about California water use

Starbucks Wasting More Than 6 Million Gallons of Water a Day
The Sun estimated that the company wasted up to 6 million gallons of water every day, enough to quell the thirst of a small African nation.

Coffee giant's running-tap policy contradicts its claimed green credentials

California's drought is Causing a Major Problem Nobody is Talking About
While the drought and ensuing regulations have actually left Big Ag relatively untouched, its energy sector is undergoing a rapid revolution.

Weed and Water in California: Pot Isn't the Problem
cannabis growers are being unjustly scapegoated as the culprits behind the worst drought the state has seen in over a millennium.

Being illegal, they're essentially not regulated at all. hint. Researchers estimate each plant consumes 6 gallons of water a day. 6 gallons for a plant that has saved kids lives compared to 90 gallons for a container of Greek yogurt or millions on cow feed exported.

It takes a whopping 90 gallons of water to produce one tiny container of Greek yogurt.

Get The Facts about Almonds and Water
THE CALIFORNIA ALMOND INDUSTRY
It’s actually only 8% of the state’s managed agricultural water

CALIFORNIA IS THE NUT, FRUIT AND VEGETABLE BASKET OF THE U.S.

so maybe they should chip in for water used…

Jerry Brown defends drought order that doesn't limit farmers

Beyond almonds: A rogue's gallery of guzzlers in California's drought
Both Slate and Mother Jones have reported that almonds are sucking California dry. Each innocent-looking nut, we learn, robs the land of an entire gallon of water.

2. Cows
The agricultural product that truly dominates water use in California isn't almonds. It's alfalfa, plus "other forages," such as irrigated pasture and corn that's chopped into a cattle feed called silage. These forage crops consume more water per acre than almonds, and they also cover nearly twice as much land.

another exporting everyones resources for profits of a few.

3. Laws and the politicians who make them.

One more time politicians compromising on reality and the laws of physics. Profits over Science is no different than religion over Science.

4. Cheap water
For the most part, farmers don't have to outbid anyone for their water.

Corporate farming is stealing water while family farmers usually keep it local. If people want profit products in other states they will have to pay the price. That increase cost should go to water fees over a certain amount.

5. Free water
This is the water that farmers pump from wells on their land.

aquifers the wells tap into are for everyone. More profit driven for a few over the well being of everyone.

6. Fish
asserting that the state's endangered wildlife have rights to water that trump the claims even of the earliest settlers

If the laws didn't exist profiteers would kill everything, including humans. How much water is used bathing dairy cattle or sold in bottles polluting the ocean.

7. Exports
California's farmers are exporting vast amounts of water to places like China, adding to the state's water shortage.

Plus they leave the waste behind, factory farms sewage seeping into aquifers. The chemicals used on the cow feed exported also stay behind and run off into streams. Cotton uses 90 million pounds of poisons. Not used on Hemp.

More than 250 tule elk died inside a fenced area at a Northern California seashore during a two-year period, and a lack of water is possibly the cause.
Marin County dairy farmers, however, say the elk are competing with their cattle for forage.

Block Corporations from Bottling Water on Federal Land, Especially In Drought Stricken Areas.
parts of this nation are facing a substantial drought, large corporations, including Nestlé, continue to bottle water on federal land in those same drought stricken areas.

Nestle Continues Stealing World’s Water During Drought
By Dan Bacher for IndyMedia | March 20, 2015
Nestlé is draining California aquifers, from Sacramento alone taking 80 million gallons annually. Nestlé then sells the people's water back to them at great profit under many dozen brand names.

http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/AP040703018099.jpg

Little oversight as Nestle taps Morongo reservation water

Nestlé is bottling water straight from the heart of California’s drought

http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/AP142713304080.jpg

Should bottled water companies sell national forest water?
A water battle is on tap in drought-hit California, thanks to the lucrative bottled water industry tapping a national forest's spring water for corporate profits.

California drought drains lakes

Nestle continues to sell bottled water sourced from California despite record drought
Nestle does not need to heed the emergency measures the state has adopted. Since its plant is on a Native American reservation – considered a sovereign nation by the US government – it is not required to comply with state regulations.

Nestle still bottling water from California during drought
California experienced the driest year on record in 2013

Nestle continues to bottle 400 million gallons a year
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Hemplastic or Fossil Fools Crud

Toxic Soup of Plastic Debris, Twice the Size of US
It is twice the size of the continental United States, yet you cannot set foot on it. Scientists have named it "Plastic Soup", and appropriately so. Floating in the Northern Pacific Ocean lays a huge expanse of plastic refuse. This garbage patch is actually two attached areas on either side of Hawaii, known as the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches.

Message in a Bottle
Seabirds are starving with bellies full of trash. Fur seals in New Zealand poop shards of yellow and blue. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of Texas. Now the bad news: Plastic never goes away, and scientists are finding that it absorbs toxins with spongelike efficiency. The fix? Cut it off at the source.

Fracking Water Contamination

Study Links Water Contamination To Fracking Operations
In Texas And Pennsylvania

Cheney = Haliburton = Fracking since 49 = Asbestos = Iraq = BP spill =
Why would they not poison the water for profits?

Cheney's Legacy of Fracking America to Death
It Can't Happen Heeere
Halliburton Watch: fracturing Americans 1949 - ?

Hemp is one of the most versatile plants, as you can grow it in most climates, it is resistant to drought, requires minimal fertilizer and pest control.

Chemical Cotton vs Organic Hemp

High on Hemp

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East of cascade is very dry to begin with. But it is part of the drought that has gripped California.

Mount Hood snowpack is at 48% of normal right now.

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