Worsening Drought Conditions has officials in a dire situation

A woman waters her garden in Los Angeles in August. (Frederic J. Brown / AFP via Getty Images)

Luke 21:25-26 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Important Takeaways:

  • Drought emergency declared for all Southern California
  • “Conditions on the Colorado River are growing increasingly dire,” MWD Chairwoman Gloria Gray said in a statement. “We simply cannot continue turning to that source to make up the difference in our limited state supplies.
  • If we don’t have an extremely wet winter, we will need to elevate to our highest level — a water supply allocation for all of Southern California,” said MWD General Manager Adel Hagekhalil. “Substantial and immediate conservation now and in the coming months will help lessen the potential severity of such an allocation.”
  • The Colorado River has fallen to such historic lows that Lake Mead and Lake Powell — the nation’s two largest reservoirs — could reach “dead pool”, or the point at which water no longer passes downstream from a dam
  • California and six other states that rely on the river have been under pressure from the federal government to drastically reduce their use.
  • As officials continue to weigh their options for the Colorado River, the mandatory measures in State Water Project-dependent areas will continue through at least June and possibly longer, the MWD said.
  • “Some Southern Californians may have felt somewhat protected from these extreme conditions over the past few years,” Gray said. “They shouldn’t anymore. We are all affected.”

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