Emergency (Emergencia) in California

Population in California 39 million

Population in Canada 35 million

Population in Australia 23 million

By CityFella

Shasta Dam

The 602-foot Shasta Dam, is the fourth largest dam in California. With a capacity of 4,552,000 acre-feet its the largest reservoir in the state.  Its located on the Sacramento River in Shasta County,  Shasta Dam boasts several similarities to America’s largest dam outside California — the Hoover Dam. Like its Nevada cousin, the Shasta Dam is a curved gravity concrete structure; upon its completion in 1945, it ranked as a civil engineering triumph due to its continuous pour concrete construction. Shasta Dam is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and generates hydroelectric power for northern California.

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April 11,2015

Look at the totals( lower right hand corner )

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Other Dams in the Area

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Water looks plentiful, What is the problem?

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There is usually a  snow pack in the Mountains this time of year

 75 percent of California’s annual precipitation occurs between November and March

The snow melts and fill the states reservoirs

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 75 percent of California’s water supply originates in the northern third of the state, above Sacramento, while 80 percent of water users live in the southern two-thirds of the state

Who uses the most water in the state? 

Agriculture is California’s largest industry and accounts for 80% of water use.

Nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables come from California. Here’s a look at what percentage of U.S. food production per commodity comes from California, based on 2007 Census of Agriculture data:

Commodity U.S. Rank California’s share of U.S. production (based on quantity produced)
Almonds 1 99%
Artichokes 1 99%
Walnuts 1 99%
Pistachio 1 98%
Apricots 1 97%
Plums 1 97%
Figs 1 96%
Nectarines 1 96%
Olives 1 96%
Garlic 1 95%
Broccoli 1 94%
Grapes 1 90%
Cauliflower 1 89%
Strawberries 1 89%
Lemons 1 88%
Lettuce 1 85%
Dates 1 82%
Peaches 1 74%
Carrots 1 69%
Tangerines 1 62%
Source: California Agricultural Resource Directory

In the cities, half the water is used for lawns

California Drought

About half of water usage in the state’s urban areas goes for landscaping, said Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and a water expert. “We have a lot of room in the urban sector to adjust,” and the most obvious place is in landscaping.

California Drought Cost: $2.2 Billion and Thousands of Jobs. The California drought will cost the state $2.2 billion and put some 17,000 agricultural workers out of a job this year, according to a new report.


There has been a on going Civil War in the state.  Farmer crying fowl, Almond grower vs Grape Grower.  Small towns vs the farmers vs the city.   Neighborhood lawns vs Commercial laws.  Farmers selling ground water to communities.

What can you do?

Water is essential to our everyday lives. And, our supplies are limited…so please use water wisely. Cutting water use inside and outside our homes is really important. If each of us changed our water-use habits, we could save billions of gallons of water. Here’s how you can help:


Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes-Saves up to 50 gallons of water per week
Fix household leaks promptly-Saves up to 20 gallons per day
Spend only 5 minutes in the shower-Saves up to 8 gallons each time
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth-Saves up to 2.5 gallons per minute
Bay water-saving devises like high-efficiency toilets and clothes washer-Saves gallons per day
(You may qualify for a rebate for a more efficient washer)


Water your lawn 1 to 2 days a week instead of 5 days a week-Saves up to 840 gallons per week
Check your sprinkler system for leaks, over spray and broken sprinkler heads and repair promptly-Saves up to 500 gallons per month
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks-Saves up to 150 gallons each time
Install a smart sprinkler controller that adjusts watering based on weather, soil type, amount of shade and plant type
(Saves up to 40 gallons per day)
Water your plants in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation and ineffective watering due to wind
(Saves up to 24 gallons per day)