The drought-stricken Colorado River Basin has experienced rapid and significant groundwater depletion since late 2004, posing a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought, according to a new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine.

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Kind of the opposite of ""Après moi, le déluge" but the same concept, narcissistic amoral hedonists of today, leaving a mess for those who follow. 

"after me the deluge"! 

Ed Lindaman, who had been Director of Program Planning for Apollo at the Rockwell company, former president of Whitworth College (University), and my mentor said: 

"Options without awareness yield me no freedom." 

It is the job of the educated person to educate the general population of the options available to us. 

I like your pointing out the consequences of practices that harm us. 

True, but I get far more angry at fracking using up the precious California water supply.

If I lived in California and had a yard, I'd landscape with desert plants and stones. It's time to admit CA has become a desert state. How about Youtube praise for neighbors who "rip their strip"?

Me too.
I read somewhere that some places in LA are landscaping with plastic plants, plastic grass, and rocks. Cacti would be nice.

I agree, Daniel, and add to the natural processes of soil, water and air and all the activity that occurs within and between those elements when a plant exists. 

I agree, Freeththinker. Another aspect is planting in ways that catch the morning dew, and moisture that is unseen but present. Ancient farmers used those techniques and were able to thrive and flourish on the foods produced. An example is

Egypt aims for revolution in desert farming: ancient technique

"Enterprising farmers have implemented the system in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen to save water and increase output."

Aquaponics history

"Aztec Indians raised plants on rafts on the surface of a lake in approximately 1,000 AD. Before the Aztec people had built a great empire in Central America, they were a nomadic tribe in what is today central Mexico. They settled near the marshy shores of Lake Tenochtitlan. Since this fresh water lake was surrounded by marshes and rising hills, the Aztecs were faced with the problem of trying to find a place to grow food. They solved this problem with the incredible ingenuity which led them to become a great civilization."

Joan, that Geoff Lawton video is absolutely fascinating.  It's amazing what we can accomplish when serious planning takes place regarding our long-term effect on the environment, instead of the quick fixes we are so used to.  This style of agriculture, plus the benefits of GMO foods can change the world.

Freethinker, I had to look up Jaffa oranges.  I'd never heard of them.  The Wikipedia article states they are thick-skinned, making them hearty for export.  I don't recall seeing them here in the States, probably because we focus so much on Florida and California Oranges (the latter which I prefer.)  You learn something new everyday.  Thanks. 

Southern CA has always been a desert! 

I live in the San Fernando Valley (grew up here, too), and part of our history classes, beginning in the 4th grade, was about the importation (robbery) of water first from Northern CA, and then much more from the Colorado River system, starting in the early 20th Century.

I used to dog-sit for a couple who had diverted all their reusable water (washing machine, dishwasher, etc.) into their back yard and vegetable garden.  Worked fine, as far as I know.

Thought to be related to global warming. 

Also cattle are very costly in water - irrigating the farmland to make their feed, etc. etc.

Sadly, the evidence is clear and cannot be refuted. Human beings, at the top of the food chain, will mean water AND food loss to economically poor Homo sapiens!

"Human beings, at the top of the food chain, will mean water AND food loss to economically poor Homo sapiens!"

That is a very important distinction you made, Joan, but unfortunately true.  The poor will unfairly and disproportionately suffer first.

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