NO NEED OF DOMESTIC WATER RESTRICTIONS, NO ALARM, NO CLIMATE CHANGE.
JUST LOGICAL AND INTELLIGENT MANAGEMENT OF WATER
The key of the problem is just ONE PLANT, ONE WORD: ALFALFA.
While agriculture represents 75% of the water consumed in California, alfalfa alone takes 20% of disposable liquids- This amount is quite similar to the total industrial and domestic consumption that takes away 25% of the reserves (15% urban uses + 10% industrial).
The summit of nonsense on alfalfa cultivation is the fact that increasing volumes of Imperial Valley alfalfa are currently being exported to China!
Along with the nonsense of assigning 20% of the water resources to such a low value, low profit and low workforce generating product that is alfalfa, we have to add-up three other ridiculous crops that overall absorb 30% of the precious liquid: rice (14%), corn (%) and cotton (5%).
Why not restrict or downgrade rice cultivation in a historically drought prone area? Rice cultivation demands an incredible amount of water. Why not restrict rice cultivation to the rice belt in Southeastern US with plenty of rains and water resources?
Why not restrict or downgrade corn cultivation in a historically drought prone area? California produces about 0.3% of the US corn, representing 10% of corn irrigated crops. Why not discourage corn farming outside the naturally endowed rainy areas of the Corn Belt in the Central Plains?
All the enclosed figures were obtained for Mother Jones excellent article on California’s drought (with the exception of irrational references to water consumption of fracking that doesn’t even represent the 0.01% of water uses in California and the typical hysterical references to climate change).