Population in California 39 million
Population in Canada 35 million
Population in Australia 23 million
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.
Look at the totals( lower right hand corner )
Other Dams in the Area
Water looks plentiful, What is the problem?
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
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
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)|
|Source: California Agricultural Resource Directory|
In the cities, half the water is used for lawns
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.