California Orders Unprecedented, Mandatory Water Cuts

In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, boat slips sit on the dry lake bed at Brown’s Marina at Folsom Lake, near Folsom Calif. Source. RICH PEDRONCELLI AP

California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered unprecedented mandatory water cuts across the Golden State after the latest measurements show the state’s mountain snowpack—which accounts for roughly a third of California’s water supply—has shrunk to a record low of 5% of normal for this time of year.

The Democratic governor took the action on Wednesday after accompanying state surveyors into the Sierra Nevada mountains to manually verify electronic readings that show an average snow water equivalent of 1.4 inches, the lowest ever recorded on April 1. “Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow,” the governor said. “This historic drought demands unprecedented action.”

Gov. Brown directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions of 25%.

Details on how the cuts would be implemented weren’t immediately released, although the governor said in his order that reductions would fall hardest in water districts that haven’t adequately followed his voluntary calls for conservation last year.

  • This is not looking good.

  • simus1

    Hope they haven’t cut back the water flow that was taken away from productive uses and diverted to “save” that stupid delta fish?

    • Alain

      Don’t bet on it.

      • Frances

        Aren’t there also endangered snails?

    • Exile1981

      Since it is the districts that produce the most food that have refused to “adequately follow his voluntary calls for conservation last year.” and the article says that he intends to go after them the hardest – so I suspect that the farmers and the rural areas will take it in the ass for the useless drones in LA and Sanfran and for the imaginary fish.

  • Brett_McS

    Oh no, what about the poor Delta Smelt?

  • Millie_Woods

    Interesting article by Victor David Hanson on the California drought.


  • Paulla

    When do they start desalinating the Pacific? Soon, I hope. I live in CA.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      The Jooos can desalinate for $.58 a cubic metre, but the baglickers up here charge local serf population a $1.46/cu.metre for stuff basically already clean from L.Superior…

      • simus1

        “Fossil water” like that is really high end precious stuff according to the usual enviroclown suspects. It is usually only made available elsewhere to crony capitalists and high government officials in socialist run satraps. Count your blessings.

  • eMan14

    Jerry Brown is still alive?

    • just a thought

      depends on your definirion of “alive,” I think

  • just a thought

    California never had droughts before?
    Riiiiiight !!!!
    I doubt the NYSlimes would say that today, though.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …China is building a 2,000 mile aqueduct specifically to supply Beejjing…