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California water infrastructure on verge of historic collapse

California water infrastructure on verge of historic collapse | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
(NaturalNews) Water is increasingly hard to come by in drought-stricken California, where many farmers are struggling to get enough water just to pay the bills. But the situation in the Golden State is far worse than many people realize, according to new reports, as underground aquifers that take decades to recharge are being sucked dry, and water infrastructure that has long sustained the agricultural growing regions of the state continue their collapse.
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Throughout the western U.S., groundwater levels are declining, increasing pumping costs, and making agriculture more costly.

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With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California

With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
It's no longer a question of 100% drought coverage for the stricken state of California. That barrier was crossed months ago. Today, it's how severe that drought coverage has become. And in a state...
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North American waterfowl are newest casualty of California’s drought - The Sacramento Bee

North American waterfowl are newest casualty of California’s drought - The Sacramento Bee | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"California wildlife officials are asking the public to help watch for sick waterfowl that may be suffering because of the drought. Avian botulism is more likely to spread when birds cluster in small pockets of water. Already, hundreds of dead birds have been reported at three locations across the state, including the canal that bisects Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood.  

"Add another casualty to California’s prolonged and punishing drought: Wildlife officials warned this week that dry conditions in the state’s Central Valley could have a devastating effect on North American waterfowl.

"The Central Valley is recognized as the most important resting and wintering ground on the Pacific Flyway, a global migratory path for millions of ducks, geese and other birds. About 5 million waterfowl spend the winter on state and federal wildlife refuge areas and flooded rice fields in the Central Valley each winter.

"This year, the worst drought in a generation means those Central Valley habitats have been dramatically reduced in size. Wildlife refuges have had their state and federal water supplies cut by 25 percent. Rice acreage has been reduced by a similar amount as farmers also have endured water cutbacks.

"As a result, millions of migrating birds will be crowded into less habitat, significantly increasing the odds of botulism outbreaks, which spread rapidly and can kill thousands of birds in a matter of days. The problem is not limited to rural areas but can affect waterfowl drawn to urban water bodies as well. Officials also are concerned the drought could cause food shortages.

"Already, at least 1,700 waterfowl have died at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge near the...."


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/30/6593565/drought-contributing-to-waterfowl.html#mi_rss=Environment#storylink=cpy

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This is a very sad consequence of the drought...

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Deer Decline in Western U. S. as Drought Continues

Deer Decline in Western U. S. as Drought Continues | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Deer are declining in the western U. S. because of drought.
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Drought is forcing deer to visit the irrigated lawns in gardens in local towns.  The outcome of developing conflicts is uncertain.

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