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California Water Resource Director Expects Governor To Declare Drought

The director of the California Department of Water Resources said that he believes Gov. Jerry Brown likely will declare a drought. Mark Cowin made the comments to the state Board of Food and Agriculture on Tuesday.

Water managers painted a bleak picture for the board of the dry conditions and low reservoir levels around the state. Cowin said that all signs point to a drought.

“My belief is that we will have a drought proclamation. The signs are pretty clear at this point. The remaining question is, 'What do we need to put in that drought proclamation that will actually beyond the messaging help us deal with the impending crisis?'"

Cowin also added that a proclamation would likely come on Feb. 1, which is the date of the next snow survey. A drought proclamation would make it easier to relax water quality standards and streamline water transfers.

Water districts in the San Joaquin Valley said they expect hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland to remain fallow this year.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | January 7, 2014 at 9:21 p.m. ― 11 months, 3 weeks ago

The governor doesn't declare a drought, Mother Nature does.

And she has.

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Avatar for user 'Desmarais'

Desmarais | January 12, 2014 at 3:08 p.m. ― 11 months, 2 weeks ago

It truly escapes me why they don't apply the technology that the government has dumped money into developing for decades - that being, "weather modification."
Indeed, there is no question that they know how to make it rain.

A number of commercial companies offer weather modification services centered on cloud seeding. Cloud seeding is no longer considered a fringe science, and is considered a mainstream tool to improve rain precipitation and snow. New technology and research have produced reliable results that make cloud seeding a dependable and affordable water-supply practice for many regions.

In the summer of 1948, the usually humid city of Alexandria, Louisiana, under Mayor Carl B. Close, seeded a cloud with dry ice at the municipal airport during a drought; quickly .85 inches of rainfall occurred. That was in 1948 - this is 2014 - let's get serious, folks.

Another example is what's going on in Europe: In Germany, civic engagement societies organise cloud seeding on a region level. A registered society[1] maintains aircraft for cloud seeding to protect agricultural areas - for example: Wine growing areas in the district Rosenheim, the district Miesbach, the district Traunstein (all located in southern Bavaria, Germany), and the district Kufstein (located in Tyrol, Austria). Another society for cloud seeding operates in the district of Villingen-Schwenningen.[2]
[1] Homepage of "Society For Cloud Seeding, Rosenheim"
[2] "Cloud Seeding Aircraft is Ready for Service", (www.suedkurier.de/region/schwarzwald-...

All of that said, it would behoove the "Water Resource Director" to get proactive - and rather than "expecting the Governor to declare drought" - perhaps the Director should suggest utilization of technology that is readily available, and make it rain to alleviate the anticipated drought. Seems to me that this technology would come under the umbrella of a "water resource", no?

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