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California Energy needs and Air Quality hurt by Drought

By Emma Bailey

editor's note: Chronicles of the Hydraulic Brotherhood is now accepting articles from anyone with something important to say about California Water issues.

On November 8, 2014, Lake Oroville, the second largest man-made lake in California, plunged to a record low: 26 percent of capacity. Boaters were forced to rappel from dock parking lots to their listing motorboats far below. Just 46 more feet lost and the lake would be rendered impotent, unable to produce power. If all the remaining water in the similarly starved reservoirs of Lake Shasta, Trinity Lake, and Folsom Lake was to be poured into Oroville Lake, it would still only be 80 percent full.

Prior to 2011, California drew 18 percent of its in-state electricity generation from 287 hydropower plants, from impoundments, run-of river and pumped storage facilities. A small fraction of its hydropower was (and is) imported from the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest's Hoover Dam. This energy source (learn more here) would have been a great alternative to traditional sources, such as coal or natural gas.  READ MORE »

Quote of the Day in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

"President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet," Mitt Romney mockingly said in accepting the GOP's presidential nomination in Tampa.  The crowd laughed.

  I wonder if they're laughing now?

(Thanks to Bob Boyle)

 

Lake Tahoe on its way to deep green from clear blue.

Blame it on Global Warming, tainted run-off, failing economy, overly excessive building, or whatever you want, but researchers from UC Davis are predicting that the once pristine clear blue Lake Tahoe waters will, within a decade, be an algae filled mess as the climate changes the temperature of the water. We've already seen what human activity can do to our water with the Clear Lake in Lake County and many other water ways and bodies of water. Read the full article at http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_8684690

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