California Water

Food Chain Radio Show #1092

Listen to this Food Chain Radio Show hosted by Michael Olson

Michael Olson, Author & Urban Farming Agriculturalist

California Water

This Poll is closed

Will California have enough water to grow the nation’s food?

 Yes  No

*

  66%    33%  

Guest: Danny Merkley, Director of Water Resources, California Farm Bureau & Bill Wattenburg, PhD, Engineer, Radio Host, Senior Research Scientist Research Foundation, California State University, Chico

Will California have enough water to grow the nation’s food?

In California, “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting!”

Michael Olson Food Chain Radio – Will California have enough water to grow the nation’s food?

Michael Olson Food Chain Radio – Will California have enough water to grow the nation’s food?

Over the years there has been a lot of fighting for water in California, and as a consequence, it now flows uphill, for hundreds of miles!

It took a lot of money and engineering to dam and plumb the state, but that effort made possible the growth of one half the nation’s fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a huge percentage of its dairy.

The fighting has never let up, and in fact is more intense than ever, with agriculture now contending with cities and wildlife for every last drop.

Then, right in the middle of all that fighting, the state’s crown-jewell of a dam literally burst its seems.

The Oroville Dam, at 770 feet the nation’s tallest, provides drinking water to more than two-thirds of California’s population.

Runoff from recent drought-busting rains filled the dam to overflowing, thus putting at risk the dam’s auxiliary overflow wall.   Then, when engineers increased the flow at the floodgates to compensate, the spillway failed. The extent of the trouble was made clear for all when authorities ordered the evacuation of the 200,000 people who live below the dam.

The near failure of the Oroville Dam, and the on-going and ever intensifying fight for the state’s water, leads us to ask….

Leave a comment below: Will California have enough water to grow the nation’s food?

Tune in here, for the syndicated Food Chain Radio Show #1092 February 18, 2017 Saturday 9AM Pacific 

Food Chain Radio Saturday mornings 9-10AM Pacific

Food Chain Radio – Saturday mornings 9-10AM Pacific

Take the 2X2 Pledge

 

 

Leave a Reply

Purchase MetroFarm – The Urban Farming Guide to Growing for Profit In or Near the City

original

MetroFarm

$34.95

Food Chain Radio Shows: Recent 2+ Year Archive

Join us

Newsletter

Member Login

» Forgot Password?
» Join Us