Thursday, February 23, 2017

Most of California is out of the drought


Article: 

Summary:
Recently, storms have filled up our reservoirs. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that less than 20% of California is dealing with any form of a drought, and no area in the entire state is experiencing extreme or exceptional drought. A year ago, 90% of the country was experiencing drought, a dramatic improvement. Despite all of this, the State Water Resources Control Board is waiting until May to pull back emergency drought regulations (regulations that restrict water use) even though there is much opposition. They cite groundwater shortages in some areas and want to wait until May when the rainy season ends.

Connection:
During the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and WW2, the government decided to ration out certain goods and services. While the government of California is not taking steps as big as back then, they are rationing out water to an extent.

Questions:
1.) While only briefly mentioned in the article, should California pull back drought regulations because of the rainwater coming in?
2.) Should we be optimistic about the rainwater, or still be worried for the future?

16 comments:

  1. I believe the government of California's decision to keep drought regulations for now is a good move. Although the recent amount of rain has helped to end the drought, fresh water isn't unlimited, and it is much better for the citizens of California to try to conserve as much clean water as they can than to just waste it all. This way, in case another drought hits soon, we'll have a surplus of freshwater and be prepared to survive the drought. Also, the regulations don't prevent people from getting the water they need to live; they only warn people to stop wasting water and be smarter about saving it. I also believe we should be optimistic about the rainwater because although recent flooding has occurred, it has balanced out the long drought that we have had in recent years, which should help increase the freshwater supply for agriculture as well as in homes.

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  2. I think that California should not completely withdraw the drought regulations, but maybe change them to be more lenient. We are no longer in such a dire situation, but we don't know how long it will be before we get this much rain again. We should be hopeful for the future but be cautious as well.

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    1. I agree. Currently, my family is paying a lot extra for our water, and they should at least reduce the premium for it while still promoting the limited use of it.

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  3. I believe that California is doing right in waiting with withdrawing the drought regulations until the rainy season is over and then they should take the decision on weather or not to keep the regulations depending on how the situation looks.

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  4. I think that California should not withdraw from the water regulations. It is always good and beneficial to save and conserve water and there is no reason to waste it.

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  5. I do not think California should withdraw from regulations yet because another drought is possible and it is better to be on the safe side. We should be optimistic about getting lots of rainwater but also stay careful about using it.

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  6. Pretty much everyone has said the same thing, but I do not think California should pull back drought regulations quite yet because even if most of the state is fine right now, that does not mean that in a few months or in a year from now, we will still be doing fine. Even if we have water now, why waste it all? It is still good to be conservative with water and we should not go back to using it without thinking.

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  7. I think keeping the drought regulations is a good idea since California is just now getting out of the drought problem back in 2016. We should all save water either way

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  8. I think we should still have drought regulations because we are only beginning the end of a drought and we could easily slip back into it. With regulations I think California will maintain not being in a drought even though there has been more rainfall. We should still be concerned about our water situation because if a drought could happen once it could happen again.

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  9. I think we should still have drought regulations, and I still think that we should consider the consequences in the future. Although we are out of the drought, we are now in a flood, where it creates harm to people to the point where they have to evacuate.

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  10. We should still have drought regulations in order to prevent having another drought in the future, and we should still think about our actions and the consequences they might have in the future. We should always be considering what might happen in the future so we are adequately prepared.

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  11. i believe that we should still have drought regulations so we prevent from one in the future. i dont think that we should be worried about the rain water but we should keep it in consideration. worrying about the future is not a bad thing.

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  12. Because of climate change, we must be wary of what peril the future might bring. Our weather is becoming more and more unpredictable, so we should keep our water regulations in place in case we enter another drought. The regulations do not hurt us in any way. While they may be of minor annoyance to some, overall the regulations are essential to prepare or the future. While the current rainwater is nice, we will have a tough time predicting the weather next year, so we should not rely on the hope that more rain is coming

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  13. I believe that California is just now getting out of the drought. But I still think that we should save water even though we may have enough. Overall the regulations are essential to prepare or the future. But i still think that we should consider the consequences in the future.

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  14. I think we should still have drought regulations because we will probably slip back into a drought. We should be optimistic about getting lots of water and also be careful of using it just to be safe.

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  15. California should not pull back on regulations yet. They should wait until they are sure a drought is not probable anymore. We should hope for the best and hope the rain helps. The future is untold and we could only hope for the best.

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