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If you reside in a midwest, or an eastern state you might be thinking "Who cares about a drought in California?"

Unfortunately, California made some very unwise decisions in the 1960's. Those decisions have now put an agricultural industry in serious peril, left public utilities without benefit of hydroelectric power, and caused 20+ million of it's citizens to be uncertain about access to drinking water.

With basic survival at stake, the state will, again, turn north, and eastward for solutions to it's unsustainable infrastructure.

After review of the consumption rates of electricity of just two of the several water supply aqueducts bringing water over many miles to southern California, we calculate it
to be $1.3 billion per year. Just these two aqueducts consume more than 7.5 million mWh's. That's not kWh's, that's mWh's.

If you reside in a western, midwest, or an eastern state, you will feel the impact of California seeking to replace this energy
from the national grids.

This following article includes introductory paragraphs, and links to each article as we publish them. You may also scroll down to view each article links, and introductory paragraphs.

National Implications of the California Water Shortage

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As California grew, it developed a pride in building big. The state's pride for building big ignored the potential consequences, and those consequences are haunting them now.

The impacts upon our nation are soon to follow. The design of their water supply is hungry for every commodity vital to other western states. The coming consequences of that lack of sustainability will have an impact nationally.

Can the western states electrical grid support the Edmonston Pumping Plant if Paths 15 & 26 can not?

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Prior to whatever events that precipitated prolonged drought, and progressively lower rainfalls in California, a decision was made that the state could rely upon an uninterrupted supply of water to power the hydroelectric dams built in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

That decision might now have a serious impact upon the western states electrical grid. The California Aqueduct consumes all of the electricity from most of the hydroelectric dams built in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to lift water over the Tehachapi Mountains to Southern California.

Presently, there is only a small percentage of the normal supply of water behind those dams.

The drought will likely force them to bid for power on the open market. Their need coincides with Bonneville Power's customers need to do the same, due to the loss of one of their large dams. To read more, click on the image above.

The California State Water Project's influence upon the western states electrical grid system.

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The Edmonston Pumping Plant may be the world's biggest, but it is only one of fourteen pumping plants for water coming from the north. The total horsepower installed to accomplish this is 1.2 million.

When the system was designed, it was intended to obtain the required power from hydroelectric dams within the northern portion of the state. Due to the drought, there is only 35% of the required water behind the dams.

We present some of the figures of what just one conveyance might require from the western states grid system.

The Colorado River Aqueduct's impact upon western states.

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The Colorado River Aqueduct, or CRA, is a 242 mi (389 km) water conveyance delivering water to portions of southern California. It is operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). The aqueduct impounds water from the Colorado River at Lake Havasu on the California-Arizona border. The water is then conveyed west across the Mojave and Colorado deserts to the east side of the Santa Ana Mountains. It is one of the primary sources of drinking water for Southern California.

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about the lack of sustainability of the water supply system to southern California. We began this project long before California entered into it's present disastrous drought conditions.

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We're particularly interested in presenting desalination as an alternative to large coastal cities transporting water from great distances.

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Latest precipitation figures from California

We provide it, because the drought situation in California is critical. That will have an impact on food prices, and availability for all of us in the U.S., and abroad.

From the California Department of Water Resources:

Water years 2012 and 2013 were dry statewide, especially in parts of the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. Water year 2014, which began on October 1st, continues this trend. Precipitation in some areas of the state is tracking at about the driest year of record.

Statewide reservoir storage going into our wet season was about 75 percent of average for this time of year, and impacts of two dry years on statewide groundwater levels are also evident.

On average, about half of California’s statewide precipitation occurs in December, January, and February, with only a handful of large winter storms accounting for the difference between a wet year and a dry one.

DWR’s late November experimental seasonal forecast for the water year sees mostly dry conditions for the state. It is still too early, however, to call this water year, and Mother Nature may surprise us.

About half of the years with similarly dry first quarters in the historical record of northern Sierra precipitation, for example, caught up to average by the end of the season.

However, a normal precipitation year would not be enough to overcome low soil moisture and water storage conditions; many water users would need a wet year to be made whole.

NASA & JAXA Launch GPM Satellite

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), thundered into space at 1:37 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 27 (3:37 a.m. JST Friday, Feb. 28) from Japan.

The four-ton spacecraft launched aboard a Japanese H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island in southern Japan.