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California is the Canary

We examined the western U.S. drought in an essay published July 1, 2014: Jeopardy Question: This Body of Water Determines the Fate of the Modern Day Anasazi. In it we focused on the situation of Lake Mead, the reservoir is a vital source of drinking and irrigation water for Las Vegas and eastern California. The reservoir is also important for power generation since it forms the forebay of the Hoover Dam generating station.

Another Dry Essay

Drought in the US is something we have been following for years. We have decided it’s time to capture the parameters of the subject. As with many articles we write, we use them for an ongoing chronology of a topic, something that could not have been easily done before the World Wide Web. The importance of this topic is that California feeds North America and California agriculture is based on irrigation. Anything that reduces agricultural output in California will send fresh produce prices skyrocketing. Food inflation then propagates through the economy as reduced expenditure everywhere else. This issue affects you directly.

Figure 1. Progression of the California drought, Jan. to May, 2014.

And the current situation:

Figure 2. Current California drought assessment (through Sept. 2014.)


Source: US Drought Monitor.

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