Welcome to the water wars
Shocking absolutely no one, CA is back in the water wars. All of SLO County is officially in an Extreme Drought, the 4th level of the five tier drought monitor, and 17% of the county is at the highest level. After 2 years of below avg. rainfall and dramatic increases in overnight temps, we’ve been ignoring the obvi for too long. Last week a local drought emergency was declared by the BoS, and Gov Gav even stopped by Lopez Lake to announce that 50 of 58 counties are in a drought emergency. Newsom then (nicely!) asked residents to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15%. Ummm … when we couldn’t even get some folx to wear a damn mask to save their lives, we’re gonna rely on curbing the drought thru a voluntary effort?!
Sigh, you may be asking how we got here so. damn. quickly? Wasn’t there a big storm and flooding earlier this year? Yep, and that’s the ish. Climate change is already bringing weather patterns that swing to the extremes, causing flooding, fires, erosion and other natural disasters. Thankfully, the City of SLO is already taking action! On 7/6, Council set the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality for city operations by 2030- amaze! And tonight they’re hosting an interactive webinar on adapting to a future with climate change (register here). Hey council, how about some city-wide water saving initiatives so SLOcals can feel like we’re doing our part?