[Vision2020] 8 States Running Out of Water

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Tue Sep 8 07:34:30 PDT 2015

California is currently experiencing its worst drought since 1901 and it has been getting worse for the last 30 years.


Any time you climate-change deniers want to chime in, please do.

Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

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Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

"There's room at the top they are telling you still.
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If you want to be like the folks on the hill."

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> On Sep 8, 2015, at 6:55 AM, Kenneth Marcy <kmmos1 at frontier.com> wrote:
> 8 States Running Out of Water
> http://tinyurl.com/p5cqv59 
> While drought conditions have improved in many regions of the United States, higher than average summer temperatures and patchy rainfall over the summer has contributed to one of the worst wildfire seasons on record. There are currently at least 60 large fires burning across the country. So far this year, more than 8 million acres have been destroyed by fire, a level of devastation seen in only six other years since 1960.
> It is the fourth consecutive year of drought for most of the western United States. The dry summer has raised particular concern about California, where 46% of land area is in a state of exceptional drought conditions — the worst level of drought — up slightly from the already especially bad drought level in the spring. This was the highest such share nationwide and the kind of water shortage that happens only once a century.
> <[more of the article at the link]>
> 5. Idaho
> > Pct. Severe drought 18.8%
> > Pct. extreme drought: 29.3%
> > Pct. exceptional drought: 0.0%
> Nearly 50% of Idaho is currently in a state of either severe or extreme drought conditions. The worst of the drought stretches along Idaho’s western border and encompasses the entire northern tip of the state, from the top of Idaho County through Boundary County. Nearly 1.5 million state residents are affected by the drought. Droughts create dry conditions that increase the likelihood of wildfires. Currently, there are wildfires burning in west-central and northern Idaho that have lead to the evacuation of residents and the deployment of over 1,000 firefighters. The drought in Idaho is a part of a much larger national pattern that encompasses much of the western United States. Idaho has experienced severe drought conditions every year since 2012. The state’s Department of Agriculture reinitiated the Idaho Rangeland Drought Task Group last year to help drought-affected farmers take advantage of assistance provided by federal and state agencies.
> http://tinyurl.com/p5cqv59 
> 8. South Carolina  7. Utah  6. Montana  5. Idaho  4. Nevada  3. California  2. Washington  1. Oregon 
> Ken
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