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California Water Facts

How many gallons of water does it take to grow up this 5lb porterhouse?

Well, on average it takes 2400 gallons of water per pound. So about 12,000 gallons on water went into this meal.

Water policy in California is getting insane. Diane Feinstein just had her water bill approved which has a provision that will allow the suspension of the endangered species act due to the drought conditions. Lets hope it does not pass.
 
A Few Water Facts:

  • We can store more water than we use. Ca uses 40 million-acre feet of water and we can store 42 million-acre feet.  Largely the argument for more water storage is a costly boondoggle (Areas like the north coast storage actually makes sense to avoid pulling from the already low summer flow rivers)
  • California Agriculture is less than 2% of Ca’s GDP
  • California agriculture uses 70% of water in Ca.
  • Of the 70% used, 80% goes to the bottom 13% crops (Cotton, Rice, Alfalfa, Hay)
  • Said another way 0.26% of the States GDP consumes 56% of the States water.

Now I don’t blame Ca Ag. They have not been incentivized to save water. They have been promised cheap water for so long now. I don’t have a solution, but what I do know is that the economics of water in California follow unnatural rules and need to change.  This fact “0.26% of the States GDP consumes 56% of the States water” is what infuriates me. This is a blatant waste of water.

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