Re: Rain and No Rain

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Posted by Ralph Barker ( on March 09, 2016 at 08:51:53:

Location: Rio Rancho, NM

In Reply to: Re: Rain posted by Larry Martin on March 08, 2016 at 16:08:16:

"I forgot to mention that quite a few storms went south of us, so the wildflower season is supposed to be great in Death Valley."

I heard that about DV. The so-called Super Blooms happen occasionally, and are quite spectacular, as I understand. Photographing one has never worked out for me, however.

"I think the problem with large water projects is that the cost is too great. The California water project essentially goes from Lake Shasta and its drainage to large storage reservoirs in central and southern California, along with a canal from the Colorado River. But this drought covered the entire west coast, including Seattle, and I think Colorado also had a drought problem. So the system would probably have to cover the entire country."

I agree that the cost of a nation-wide system of this sort would be tremendous. I wonder how long it would take for it to pay off, however, considering the $billions in property damage from regional flooding we see on a fairly frequent basis.

FWIW, when I started in the title business, I did the title searches for the California Aqueduct through Kern County, in preparation for the condemnation actions prior to construction. That was in the 1963-1965 time period. Fortunately for me, the parcels of land in western Kern County at that time were fairly large. The land records hadn't been computer indexed yet, so it was a lot of musty-dusty book work at the County Recorder's office, as the title searches had to go back to the original land patents and/or Spanish land grants. I must say that people's hand writing was much better back then.

Just for chuckles, here's a pay receipt I found in the old family photographs I have. $2.50 for a week's work in 1883.

: : Although the season started to look like a good el Niņo year for us, February was a bust, precip-wise, for us, too.

: : I've often wondered why we don't have a national aqueduct system that would redistribute excess runoff as part of a flood mitigation system. Obviously, such a system would be a huge engineering effort, but one with real benefit.

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