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Mendocino, California, a popular tourist spot, is running out of water.
Some hotels are charging extra for daily linen replacement and hot tub use, and other businesses are considering portable toilets to conserve water.
Most water had been purchased from Fort Bragg, a town of about 7,300 people whose primary water source is the Noyo River. But as the river’s flow has diminished, officials shut off the supply to Mendocino this week to safeguard supplies for its residents.
There’s been talk of shipping in water by barge to deliver to Mendocino and other cities in need on the southern Mendocino Coast, transporting it by railway from the inland city of Willits and trucking it to the coast from Ukiah in wine tankers.
Follow the link for the full report.
The Seattle Times’s David Horsey recalls the film, Independence Day, and the fantasy it presented. He contrasts it with the reality of humans’ response to climate change. A snippet; much more at the link.
Horsey is not sanguine.
Nor, for that matter, am I. I fear that we are well past the tipping point.
Lake Mead, the source of water for many cities and farms in the American west, is wasting away from what scientists have dubbed a “mega-drought.” Here’s a bit from Timothy Egan’s report:
Nobody wants a desiccated West, a place where dying trees outnumber the living ones in many places, where wildfires are not a seasonal siege but a year-round peril, where once-fertile fields are permanently fallowed.
But it’s here now, and a reservoir built to hold enough water to flood all of New York state 1 foot deep appears to be inexorably drying up.
The other day, I walked the floor of Lake Mead, a cracked and sun-baked Martian-scape that was once more than 100 feet underwater. On the horizon, the eerie geologic formations that freaked out early white explorers displayed the latest bathtub rings in the rock.
I find this somewhat disquieting.
H/T to my brother in Virginia’s Northern Neck for the link.
In the Austin American-Statesman, Bridget Grumet reports from the storm and makes an observation: