Brown on Drought: Governors can’t make it rain

Brown on Drought: Governors can’t make it rain

As the rest of the country remains in a deep freeze, California’s weather is making headlines of its own.

2013 was one of the driest years on record in California. Los Angeles, which sees average annual rainfall of 14.90 inches, benefited from just 3.6 inches of rain last year. At the other end of the state, it was the same story. San Francisco went the entire year without a day of rain totaling an inch or more. The severe drought, according to data compiled by the Weather Channel, is affecting 85 percent of the state.

Local governments throughout the state, especially in rural communities, are responding with emergency declarations.

Mendocino County declares state of emergency

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an emergency declaration, saying that the drought conditions “pose an imminent threat of disaster and threaten to cause widespread harm to people, businesses, property, communities, wildlife and recreation in Mendocino County.”

“Ukiah Valley vintners and farmers depend on water from one and only one source of water, Lake Mendocino, for frost protection and watering of livestock,” the declaration stated. “This supply is critically short, thus placing the local economy in a state of dire emergency if water runs out.”

Other governments have followed suit with various conservation measures. In Sonoma County, officials have adopted their first wintertime conservation campaign, while in the Coachella Valley, the Desert Water Agency is considering restrictions on lawn watering. Next week, the City of Sacramento will consider a “stage 2 declaration” that would require residents, businesses and city agencies to reduce water use by at least 20 percent.

But, don’t expect the governor to rush a statewide emergency declaration.

Brown: Governors can’t make it rain

“Don’t think that a paper from the governor’s office is going to affect the rain,” Gov. Jerry Brown said at Thursday morning press conference to announce his 2014 state budget. “I’m very aware of the problems of the drought, and we’ll take whatever steps we can in collaboration with the state’s farmers to deal with water and also the urban people have to do their part.”

The governor, who referenced the drought conditions in 1977 during his first term as governor, dismissed the importance of an emergency declaration, while simultaneously saying he was doing everything possible.

“Governors can’t make it rain, but we’ll do everything that is humanly possible to allow for a flexible use of California’s water sources,” he said

Last month, the governor announced a state water task force “to coordinate with federal and local agencies” in addressing the drought. The director of the California Department of Water Resources says the agency is doing everything possible to address the effects of a dry year.

“While we hope conditions improve, we are fully mobilized to streamline water transfers and take every action possible to ease the effects of dry weather on farms, homes and businesses as we face a possible third consecutive dry year,” said Mark Cowin, director of the state’s water agency. “And every Californian can help by making water conservation a daily habit.”

Bishops pray for rain

Everything possible, which seemingly doesn’t include a statewide declaration, includes prayer. The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has made a public plea for parishioners to pray for rain.

“As stewards of creation we can turn to the Divine Master asking that He see our plight and give ear to our plea for rain,” urged Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto, president of the conference, in his Monday prayer message.

But ranchers and farmers, who have watched feed prices skyrocket, say that the drought isn’t an act of God.

“We have deep respect for the Catholic bishops and their call for divine intervention asking people of all faiths to join in prayers for rain, but we would argue that God has given us adequate resources,” argue the Families Protecting the Valley, a coalition of farmers, agriculture providers and community leaders in the San Joaquin Valley. “It is the management of these resources that needs analysis and prayer. Our leaders are incapable of making the decisions needed to make wise water policy. They talk and talk and talk, nothing gets done.”

Farmers have criticized state and federal regulators who have imposed pumping restrictions that have reduced water deliveries in the Central Valley. The controversial restrictions were “aimed at protecting Delta smelt,” which are at their lowest levels since 1967. Farmers say that the current smelt numbers prove the government regulations aren’t working.

According to the Department of Water Resources, the state’s snow pack is at 20 percent of average for this time of year. On January 7, the Bureau of Reclamation reduced releases from Nimbus Dam to the lower American River from 1,100 cubic feet per second to 800 cubic feet per second. The agency plans to reduce flows to 500 cubic feet per second on January 10.

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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 10 January, 2014, 17:36

    Yep! Watch Brown create a new water police system with 1st responder water officers joining the cop unions and getting 3%@50’s! Then Brown will have a brand new revenue source for his campaign treaure chest! Like SOS Hillary Clinton told the Euro Parliament during the financial crisis “Never waste a good crisis.” lol. Plus, the water districts will raise your water rates by another 15%-20%. Naturally in 2015 when we get a 30 inches of rain they won’t lower your water rates. They’ll stay the same!! lol.

    I see the government even brought the Catholic church into the crisis plan. The cross and the sword. If it happens to rain the people will have a parade for Bishop Soto and throw palm branches at the feet. He’ll be a hero. They’ll call him ‘Saint Rainmaker’. If it doesn’t rain the Bishop will say that the Good Lord is withholding the rain for a reason and it’s for our own good. Either way, he can’t lose.

    Your water will get rationed this summer and if the water police catch you watering your grass or plants on an off-day prepare for a good beating or a tasering. If you live in Fullerton you’re screwed.

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 10 January, 2014, 22:35

    Groan……..

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 12 January, 2014, 11:01

    The Catholic Church really ticks me off. I read that Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles spoke at a recent Rotary Club meeting and promoted amnesty and comprehensive immigration reform. This guy and his church are TAX EXEMPT! He wants to reward a bunch of criminal aliens and then force YOU to pay for them all!!! Why? Gomez wants to build his congregation with masses of illegal illiterate indigent foreigners because when it comes to churches power is in the numbers who fill the pews. But if an illegal illiterate indigent needs medical care and comes to the Archbishop for help the illegal will get pointed to the closest hospital to get it all for free from the taxpayer. Gomez won’t pay for it. He doesn’t pay taxes. YOU WILL!!! Same with education for the illegal’s kids. Gomez won’t pay for it. YOU WILL!!! And Gomez claims we should respect the illegals as “humans first”. LOL!!! What about the MILLIONS of US citizens who had their jobs STOLEN by illegals in the construction, janitorial, manufacturing, landscaping, etc… industries??? Apparently Gomez couldn’t care less about their humanity!!! lol. 30% of our prison beds in California are occupied by illegals for crimes over and above immigration violations committed in our communities. Apparently Gomez couldn’t give a twit about all the US citizens who were victims of those crimes or for the taxpayers who have to spend about $50,000 for their care while in our prisons!!! NO OTHER NATION ON EARTH ALLOWS THIS KIND OF ABUSE AGAINST IT’S OWN CITIZENS!!! NOT ONE!!! EVEN MEXICO PROTECTS THEIR OWN CITIZENS AGAINST FOREIGNERS WHO BREAK INTO THEIR COUNTRY AND VIOLATE THEIR SOVEREIGN LAWS!!!

    The citizens need to start boycotting and protesting the Catholic Church. If the Catholic Church paid taxes like the rest of us I wouldn’t be so upset. But when it pays nothing and then has the gall to influence politics and the policies of our government there needs to be some major pushback.

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 12 January, 2014, 21:11

    Immigrants are people not to be abused and reviled by CWD Doomers. Shame…..shame…..shame.

    It amazes how crass and wanton some Doomers have become……a true pity….

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  5. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 12 January, 2014, 21:58

    Libbies love illegal indigents. But don’t ask libbies to house a couple illegal families in their own homes and pay for their medical care, education and other assorted incidentals. lol. They would tell you that wouldn’t be fair and would their rights. lol. But the libbies love to tell you that ‘It takes a village’, forcing you to finance social programs for foreign lawbreakers who steal your jobs!!! lol.

    Who could make this stuff up??? lol.

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  6. billybs
    billybs 13 January, 2014, 19:10

    Food.

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  7. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 13 January, 2014, 19:41

    Immigrants will push you into the desert….further…….it’s destiny…….they work while chubby Doomers moan!

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 15 January, 2014, 17:34

    New truck stop job opening?

    We have excellent Chinese packing supplies.

    Word has it the area has no trailer parks taking Teardrop Trailers or single wides!

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