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Old 02-08-2014, 09:10 AM
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$25B? If you're going to spend that kind of money, would it not make more sense to build desalinization plants in S. California instead? Seems like a better long term solution than diverting water from Northern California through 40' diameter tunnels...
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:40 AM
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$25B? If you're going to spend that kind of money, would it not make more sense to build desalinization plants in S. California instead? Seems like a better long term solution than diverting water from Northern California through 40' diameter tunnels...

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Old 02-08-2014, 10:08 AM
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just cover Nevada with solar panels to power the California desalinization
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:31 AM
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just cover Nevada with solar panels to power the California desalinization
You're like George Constanza, a problem solver.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:18 AM
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just cover Nevada with solar panels to power the California desalinization
Sure, Ca has power generation problems as well but if desal became more widespread, surely the market would come up with a way to decrease it's power needs over time.

Or, Ca could build some new power plants, which they need anyway...
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:23 AM
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Sure, Ca has power generation problems as well but if desal became more widespread, surely the market would come up with a way to decrease it's power needs over time.

Or, Ca could build some new power plants, which they need anyway...
To be kind I would say that, California has a multitude of problems and leave it at that.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:34 PM
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To be kind I would say that, California has a multitude of problems and leave it at that.
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yep... and the source of a good majority of them is purely political. The weather is the only reason to live in CA and anymore I'm beginning to think that's not even enough of a reason.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:15 AM
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That's insane , we need a few good weather systems to increase our snowpacks

California has it way worse but the entire west coast is feeling it. You can have some of our water, we still have plenty.

It's 50 and partly sunny for 2 weeks now. I love it! Seattle gets usually. 43 degrees with light rain this time of year.

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Since October 1st... western Washington has received only about half
the usual amount of rainfall. In the mountains according to the
National resources conservation service... precipitation is running
between 40 to 60 percent of average thus far this season. The
snowpack varies roughly from 40 to 80 percent of average with the
greater amounts in higher elevations such as Mt Baker and Paradise
on Mt Rainier.

This is a neutral winter - not an El Nino or La Nina season. A
typical neutral winter has a storm driving jet stream that tends to
meander up and down the West Coast of North America bringing
periodic wet weather into western Washington. Yet this season has
found the jet stream spending much of the winter well north of the
Pacific northwest. The Tuesday January 21st NWS Seattle weather
story highlighted how wet Southeast Alaska has been this winter
versus western
We were supposed to have an El Nino winter but that never materialized. El Nino usually send storms across the lower half of the US. CA usually gets flooded and so does the SE. We haven't had an El Nino even in 15 years or so I don't think. Neutral usually means there is an equal chance of drought anywhere. Nothing really influencing the weather patterns.
Israel has one of the largest desalination plants in the world. If that tiny country can do it then why can't we? The only problem they have is how to get rid of the salt. The Northern half of the US could use the salt right now. CA could go into the Sea salt selling biz. Strange that we spend 100s of billions on everything except making sure the population has water during droughts. Almost surrounded by the Ocean the richest country is still rationing water in 2014
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:03 AM
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yep... and the source of a good majority of them is purely political. The weather is the only reason to live in CA and anymore I'm beginning to think that's not even enough of a reason.
I left in 1992 and haven't looked back.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:01 AM
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$25B? If you're going to spend that kind of money, would it not make more sense to build desalinization plants in S. California instead? Seems like a better long term solution than diverting water from Northern California through 40' diameter tunnels...
Putting aside the cost of production, how does one get water from a desalination plant to areas in need?
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