Now in its third year, the state’s record-breaking drought is being felt in many ways: vanishing lakes and rivers, lost agricultural jobs, fallowed farmland, rising water bills, suburban yards gone brown. But nowhere is the situation as dire as in East Porterville, a small rural community in Tulare County where life’s daily routines have been completely upended by the drying of wells and, in turn, the disappearance of tap water.
This is so sad. We all need to pray for an end to the extremely severe drought in California.
Praying for the drought to end.
Praying for California.
Reading commentary from California farmer Victor Davis Hansen a while back, he notes that as California population has exploded over the past few generations, any and all developments of infrastructure in order to enable the delivery of water resources to those populations has been non-existent due to the environmental movement generating red tape.
Drought is a part of the natural climate of southern California, one might think.The seven starving cows of the bad times can only eat the seven fat cows of the good times, if the pharaohs in power have the foresight to keep those fat cows available for the bad times.
Or, don’t try to turn a natural desert into a glistening green paradise.
According to the title, this is not about green lawns, but about supplying the hydrographic infrastructure necessary to sustain the basics of life to a burgeoning population.
There has been a lack of planning for this situation. East Porterville is an unincorporated rural area, and the residents have been relying on shallow wells. The area could be connected to the municipal water system of the the nearby city of Porterville. However, doing so would cost more than $20 million. It would also take five years to complete, and possibly take longer if political or technical problems were encountered.
I am not really in an informed enough position to comment on the details of why, but again I would refer to VDH and his noting how the lack of planning and foresight were driven by an environmentalist agenda in the larger context.
He may or may not be correct, but this is a state whose judiciary placed the fate of polar bears in the Arctic over and above the welfare of industry in that state.