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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:47 AM
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So. California Storms Will Have Little Lasting Drought Impact - LA Times
"One of the oddities of Southern California is that the weather hundreds of miles distant has more effect on its water supply than anything happening locally.

The torrential rains washing across the region aren't filling the big reservoirs that Southern Californians rely on because those reservoirs aren't here they are in Northern California and the Colorado River Basin, fed by snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada and the Rockies.

"We always have to look hundreds of miles away to see what the true impact is," said Bob Muir of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the region's major water wholesaler. "Something that is running through Southern California and wreaking havoc doesn't mean gold for our water supply future in Northern California and the Colorado River."

But although those faraway river basins aren't as soggy as Southern California, they also are being hit by storms, promising some relief from a severe drought that has drained western reservoirs for the last five years."

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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-water11jan11,1,...
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:57 AM
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1. Too much - Too fast
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 01:02 AM
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2. Actually the rest of the article isn't as grim as the title
THe problem is that with so much building out this way and the river wars between California, AZ and Mexico...even a good year doesn't mean relief.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 08:01 AM
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3. Some of us have local water systems.
I get more than half from local wells, and the local aquifers can use
all the rain they can get. But it would be good to spread it out more.
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