Not a Drop to Drink

I know we didn’t get much precipitation this winter (and as a Bear Mountain season-pass-holder, you can trust that I watch the winter weather like a hawk), but I just heard on the radio that this has been Los Angeles’ driest year since we began keeping records in 1872. That’s 135 years! Googling it turned up this article from mid-May:

The region is now in an “extreme” drought state, the second-driest ranking bestowed by the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb.

The Big Dalton Dam, which is flanked by the San Gabriel Mountains near Glendora, is all but empty, the parched earth alongside it cracking in the relentless heat.

Drive beyond the city center, and you’ll see sheep grazing on barren pastures. Deer looking for water in nearly empty reservoirs. And, in some places, bees. Lots of bees.

Awesomely, the next subhead is “Bees Are a Problem.” Anyway, we aren’t looking at water rationing any time soon thanks to “aggressive water collection and conservation efforts,” but it sounds like the Griffith Park fire might be the opening salvo of an awful fire season.

3 thoughts on “Not a Drop to Drink”

  1. I’m a born and raised California native and was brought up to never waste water. Here’s a few things that I do that some people have not thought of.
    1. Never leave the water running while brushing teeth or washing your face.
    2. Fiil your largest dirty pot with soapy water, scrub and then dump the soapy water into the next smallest pot. Only rinse once everything is scrubbed.
    3. I shower FAST, no lingering.
    4. We use our cats day old water to water the plants.
    5. In extreme cases I remember an expression that wa spopular in drought years when I was a kid, “if it’s yellow it’s mellow, if it’s brown flush it down”.

    Every bit helps!

  2. I’m not denying it’s been a dry year, but Big Dalton Reservoir is dry for a different reason. Public Works released all the water so all the sediment can be cleaned out.

  3. According to the DWP, we’re in a condition that can lead to a drought, but it’ll take a few years of this dryness to put us in a drought, let alone an “extreme drought”. This is from the DWP PR horses mouth… hope to have something more substantial soon.

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