When scientists start using phrases such as “the worst drought” and “as bad as you can imagine” to describe what is going on in the western half of the country, you know that things are bad.  Thanks to an epic drought that never seems to end, we are witnessing the beginning of a water crisis that most people never even dreamed was possible in this day and age.  The state of California is getting ready to ban people from watering their lawns and washing their cars, but if this drought persists we will eventually see far more extreme water conservation measures than that.  And the fact that nearly half of all of the produce in America comes out of the state of California means that ultimately this drought is going to deeply affect all of us.  Food prices have already been rising at an alarming rate, and the longer this drought goes on the higher they will go.
Let us hope and pray that this drought is permanently broken at some point, because otherwise we could very well be entering an era of extreme water rationing, gigantic dust storms and crippling food prices.
The following are 20 signs that the epic drought in the western half of the United States is starting to become apocalyptic…

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#1 According to the Los Angeles Times, downtown Los Angeles is now the driest that it has been since records began being kept all the way back in 1877.

#2 The California State Water Resources Control Board says thatnearly 50 communities are already on the verge of running out of water.

#3 In a desperate attempt to conserve water, the state of California is considering banning watering lawns and washing cars.  Once implemented, violators will be slapped with a $500 fine for each offense.

#4 It has been reported that a new social media phenomenon known as “drought shaming” has begun in California.  People are taking videos and photos of their neighbors wasting water and posting them to Facebook and Twitter.

#5 Climate scientist Tim Barnett says that the water situation in Las Vegas “is as bad as you can imagine“, and he believes that unless the city “can find a way to get more water from somewhere” it will soon be “out of business”.

#6 The water level in Lake Mead has now fallen to the lowest levelsince 1937, and it continues to drop at a frightening pace.  You can see some incredible photos of what has happened to Lake Mead right here.

#7 Rob Mrowka of the Center for Biological Diversity believes that the city of Las Vegas is going to be forced to downsize because of the lack of water…

The drought is like a slow spreading cancer across the desert. It’s not like a tornado or a tsunami, bang. The effects are playing out over decades. And as the water situation becomes more dire we are going to start having to talk about the removal of people (from Las Vegas).

#8 In some areas of southern Nevada, officials are actually paying people to remove their lawns in a desperate attempt to conserve water.

#9 According to Accuweather, “more than a decade of drought” along the Colorado River has set up an “impending Southwest water shortage” which could ultimately affect tens of millions of people.

#10 Most people don’t realize this, but the once mighty Colorado River has become so depleted that it no longer runs all the way to the ocean.

#11 Lake Powell is less than half full at this point.

#12 It is being projected that the current drought in California will end up costing the state more than 2 billion dollars this year alone.

#13 Farmers in California are allowing nearly half a million acres to lie fallow this year due to the extreme lack of water.

#14 The lack of produce coming from the state of California will ultimately affect food prices in the entire nation.  Just consider the following statistics from a recent Business Insider article

California is one of the U.S.’s biggest food producers — responsible for almost half the country’s produce and nuts and 25% of our milk and cream. Eighty percent of the world’s almonds come from the state, and they take an extraordinary amount of water to produce — 1.1 gallons per almond.

#15 As underground aquifers are being relentlessly drained in California, some areas of the San Joaquin Valley are sinking by 11 inches a year.

#16 It is being projected that the Kansas wheat harvest will be the worst that we have seen since 1989.

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#17 The extended drought has created ideal conditions for massive dust storms to form.  You can see video of one female reporter bravely reporting from the middle of a massive dust storm in Phoenix right here.

#18 Things are so dry in California right now that people are actually starting to steal water.  For example, one Mendocino County couple recently had 3,000 gallons of water stolen from them.  It was the second time this year that they had been hit.

#19 At the moment, close to 80 percent of the state of California is experiencing either “extreme” or “exceptional” drought.

#20 National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Boldt says that this is “the worst drought we probably have seen in our lifetime“.

Most people just assume that this drought will be temporary, but experts tell us that there have been “megadroughts” throughout history in the western half of the United States that have lasted for more than 100 years.

If we have entered one of those eras, it is going to fundamentally change life in America.

And the frightening thing is that much of the rest of the world is dealing with water scarcity issues right now as well.  In fact, North America is actually in better shape than much of Africa and Asia.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “25 Shocking Facts About The Earth’s Dwindling Water Resources“.

Without plenty of fresh water, modern civilization is not possible.

And right now, the western United States and much of the rest of the world is starting to come to grips with the fact that we could be facing some very serious water shortages in the years ahead.

So what is the solution?

 

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  1. here in the middle east, we use the gulf seawater  and desalination. we got the world most plants.. maybe part cuz fuel cost are cheap,,,, but i am guessing they can use nuclear power, or somehow concentrated solar power to go green…

    water everywhere,, and not a single drop to drink!
     

    • Hello, Hadi800, and welcome to Silver Doctors.  Thank you for commenting.  It is excellent to hear from those outside the US and who have refreshing viewpoints on many things.  Hearing them is much appreciated.
       
      Yes, going solar would make perfect sense in the ME.  That is a form of energy that is terrifically abundant in your area and that has very low operating costs.  Once the initial investment is made it is like getting free or very cheap energy.  In addition, the salts that are rejected from the seawater are rich in minerals that can be separated, purified, and sold.  Even gold can be found in seawater.  The concentration is low but then it is also low in most mining ores as well.

  2. Water is a precious commodity.  For many years, it has been both abundant and incredibly cheap, but that is now ending.  As the Earth’s human population increases, there will be great demands put upon all potable water supplies.  Rain water capture will become more significant as a source of fresh water, although it likely will still require nano-filtration to ensure that its quality is high enough for consumption.
     
    Prioritizing of the available water supplies will become a nasty political fight as everyone scrambles to “get their share”.  They will get their share but it won’t be as much as has been available in the past.  Drinking water will, of course, have top priority.  After that will come farming, ranching, and fish habitat.
     
    The interesting thing about all this is that if the Earth were truly affected by global warming, one would expect that there would be MORE rain than less rain.  Warmer oceans create more clouds than cooler ones.  Those clouds become saturated with moisture that is dumped as rain when the clouds rise and cool.  This happens both at sea and especially as the clouds rise over land masses.  Coastal areas often have abundant rainfall if there is a significant on-shore flow of moist air.  In most places, this is exactly what happens.
     
    In my area, the Pacific NW of the US, there is abundant rainfall.  We average 45-50 inches of rain per year, which is about double what we need for home and business use plus agriculture and ranching.  Some parts of the Pacific NW receive well in excess of 100 inches of rain each year.  The rest simply flows into the Pacific ocean via the Snake and Columbia river systems.  If some of that water were tapped and piped into the dry areas to our south, it would be of immense value to all Americans as well as others who buy our crops.  Unfortunately, the people in charge have very short-term vision and never saw that the current dry spell was coming, even though atmospheric scientists have been aware for some time of the 400-500 year wet / dry cycle that affects California and parts of the US east of California.  It is entirely possible that the current “drought”, which isn’t really a drought at all but a medium term natural weather cycle, could continue for 400-500 years.  If so, then the time for refusing to think outside the box on this issue is well and truly over.  California is immensely productive for both farming and ranching but it needs a reliable and considerable supply of fresh water to make that happen.  The amount of food that they produce and its cost is directly determined by the amount and cost of the water they need to produce high quality food products at reasonable prices.  If good plans are not made, and quickly too, to address this problem, it will be very bad for the US and those who depend on our agricultural products.
     
    The good news in this is that virtually every water molecule that was ever on the Earth is still here, trapped in the Earth’s gravity well.  We don’t need more water nearly so much as we need much better water utilization and resource management.  This is going to be a difficult problem and a 2nd rate approach to its solution will not be effective.  A consortium of people from business, government, industry, academia, farming, ranching, and fishing interests need to be formed to address this problem with a viable solution that considers all possible water resources and their efficient usage.  The question in my mind at this point is, “Will this happen or will the heavy hand of government simply bungle its way through this?”.  I am concerned that it is the latter approach that will be tried.  If so, it will fail and miserably.  Government does NOT have all the answers.  But a group of educated and experienced people from various backgrounds very well might.  This is not about who gets blame or credit.  It is about how a serious and difficult problem is correctly addressed and the best solution possible is applied to it.  This IS a 21st century problem and solutions from the 20th and prior centuries are unlikely to be effective.  Hopefully, we can do better than that… a LOT better.
     

  3. Couldn’t a few PVC cups wrapped in tinted plastic foil make a great water desaltification unit? A few dollar to make a dozens or hundreds of gallons per day capacity. Add seawater. Harvest sweeet water.
    Com to think of it, such a desaltification system might rise from the Pacific beaches up the hills. Helped by pumps in placed, sun power(ed pumps) in others.

  4. I agree there is a severe drought in the southwest but, #17…..come on……really…..we have a half dozen dust storms roll through Phx every summer. Phx is a desert…. dust storms here are an indicator that it’s windy…….that’s all.

  5. I was born in Los Angeles just about the time they were finishing the Los Angeles River, all three million barrels of concrete worth. LA has a history, the Valley as well, has a history of bank washing, life taking floods. 50 inches fell in five weeks in during the winter of 1861. Taxpayers spent a lot of money for damming and debris basin projects to protect property and life. However, ground water levels dropped 2-20 feet per year in the 1930′s. *hint* Now for the blame. 6 million people called LA County home in 1960. The flood control projects did also preserve rain water run off as insurance against drought. The more LA grew, the more her reservoirs were drawn down to flush the toilets and water the lawns. 12 of 14 Governors for California since 1917 were Republicans. Flood control funding was cut 2’3rds after Reagan left in 1975. Since 1978, the leadership of California was hijacked by Liberal Democrats. They simply spent California’s revenue on bovine sewage pet projects ignoring water usage and history. Typical “live for the moment, if it feels good do it” thinking brought us to this point. At this point, we need to divert water to farmers as a national priority. The “citizens” of California are expendable. They need to move. Too bad, really. LA really was a sweet spot till Democrats forked it all up. Food and industry should be California’s priorities period. Why did I take this time to share with you these insights? In a word, Dharma.

    •  In a word, Dharma.
       
      This word has varied meanings, dependant upon  religion or perception of truth, image/idol  held to, not that it matters which, all religions being stumbling blocks, Christianity the chief of them.
       
      Jesus did away with religion or man’s perception of coming to God, which in scripture, is in picture form, a serpent.

    • ” LA really was a sweet spot till Democrats forked it all up.”
       
      I’m still waiting to find the great liberal experiment success story.  Detroit?  Nope.  Newark?  Nope.  Chicago?  Nope.  California?  Nope.  Illinois?  Nope.  Hmmm… where could it be?  There simply MUST be one, else why go to all the trouble to create so many liberal areas if not to show the world the true worth of their politics?  lol
       
       

  6. This is one of the best podcasts that I’ve listened to. This link is to a show that he did on silver. His other shows are just as good!

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  7. Okay.  We need an energy source to desalinate water.  Why not use Yellowstone’s geothermal energy and get some use out of Old Faithful rather than watching it spurt sulfur water.  In fact, why not just  hook our electric grid up to it and use it to power everything as Bucky Fuller advised in “Critical Path”.  It’s free, it’s clean, it’s available now.

  8. jharry … “Why not use Yellowstone’s geothermal energy”?\
     
    Like Tesla, Fuller is … STILL … ‘ahead of his time’. I agree with you and he. Instead of fretting over the slowly growing pressure building under that gargantuan hot-spot, it would be more logical to sink tens of thousands of heat-exchange systems into it for driving turbines and generators to power the electric infrastructure … AND … draw off the heat to forestall the damned thing from eventually devastating a quarter of our continent … ‘Green’ visual aesthetics, ‘tourism’ and ‘fear mongering’ be damned.

    • Sinking tens of thousand of heat exchanges  inside the chamber  { approximately five miles below the surface } would cause the molten rock to cool forming tiny crystals, the crystals would then release gas-filled bubbles, thus causing pressure to rise and the magma to swell.

    • ~~good&evil~~:< … “crystals would then release gas-filled bubbles, thus causing pressure to rise and the magma to swell”
       
      Then the placement of devices and pace of the total project could be carried out to accommodate that effect and ameliorate its possible damage over sufficient time to minimize it. Venting of such gasses for commercial product conversion is another contingency that could be sought. As EdB had reminded us elsewhere a couple days ago … where there’s a will, there’s a way … as long as physics isn’t brashly ignored in the process.

    • True, I like the concept, after all, all what is needed is to boil water and the rest is 1.2.3 hay presto, electricity, so why not use a source of heat which feeds itself, so to speak

    • Stupid EPA regs and of course, that is a national preserve for SOMETHING, wtf ever I do not know…
      There is a ribbon of red tape there that would take 100 years to unravel, by design, so we need to 
      just commence “watering the tree” of Liberty, first, then get on with the business of taking care of 
      our people and saying “screw the politicians” we’re gonna do what is needed!!! Save America First!

    • undeRGRönd … “Stupid EPA regs and … red tape … would take 100 years to unravel.”
       
      I don’t know how many times I have to repeat myself on this matter to break past preconceptions and presumptions, but statutory ‘rules and regulations’ can only apply to ‘Persons’ specifically defined within those statutes.

      Should private men and women pursue such a project, meticulously acting ‘Of Reserved Right’ under original, ordinary jurisdiction, the ‘EPA’ and all its bull-crap account for … nothing more than self-serving opinion.

      “The only reason, I believe, that a free man is bound by human law, is, that he binds himself.” –Chisholm v, Georgia, 2, Dall 440, 455. (1794)

    • Inside the park, I personally can just go up and commence to drilling for a geothermal steam generator, then.
      On my own land, sure, I would just do it and say try and stop me. But I was referring to Yellowstone Park. 

    • undeRGRönd … “Inside the park, I personally can just go up and commence to drilling”
       
      No. man! I’m talking about the capacities of the people engaging in the enterprise, acting outside statutory definition of ‘persons’.

      Bashing away at chains with rocks is futile. Better to figure how keys work.

    • Kewl, PatFields!
       
      They can play with waste heat, and I will concentrate on my strengths. 
      I may have some questions for you, how to circumvent these obstacles. 
      I am thinking “Open Source” is a great way to go, bypass the patent process altogether. 
      PM sent!

  9. If you have access to surface (roof, garden) and sea water, you can build a low-tech desaltination plant.
    Some plastic foil, wood panels, some matt black paint, some mirrors and lenses. And I’d need to investigate one-way mirrors further.
    Pretty sure you could get enough drinking water for multiple households. In a drought, you should simply not shower with (near) drinking grade water.

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