The Merc/Times had a piece last Sunday that is still wiggling in my brain here on Friday. The headline is "When is 'over' really over? Answer isn't simple". The simple-on-its-face answer is
Simply put: The drought could end this year, according to state water officials. But for that to happen, as California enters the fifth year of the worst drought in the state's history, rains will have to continue arriving in pounding, relentless waves through April to fill depleted reservoirs and dry rivers and push the Sierra snowpack to at least 150 percent of normal.
After some back and forth commentary, we get to the brain-wiggler that has bedeviled me all week
Others say California needs to make up the sizable rainfall deficit over the past four years, which almost certainly won't happen this winter. Other experts say that California has to replace billions of gallons of overpumped groundwater to have a true recovery -- which will take decades...NASA scientists using satellite data estimate that California is 12 trillion gallons of water short because of the drought -- in rivers, creeks, snowpack and, most importantly, in underground aquifers that have been pumped at record levels by Central Valley farmers. Groundwater experts say that will take DECADES to recover. And it might not ever happen.
I'm no water official, geologist or meteorologist, but I think I can read the tea leaves and I did back in June. We will never have enough. So planners, electeds and miscellaneous bureaucrats should get their heads around this and stop business-as-usual. Perhaps this Hoover Institute poll will be the catalyst. Scroll down to page 25 where you see "Deal with the state's water problem" beats out "Deal with global warming" by 40% - 77% to 37%. Yo, Jerry!