Tom’s comparison of California and Florida is interesting in that California seems to be ahead of the nation not just in cultural extremes and eccentricities, but in water shortages also. Florida might take a lesson here, because at the rate our managers are exploiting our water, we will soon be in second place. With Tallahassee in denial with regard to climate change, we will certainly score points there as well.
On a happier note, don’t forget that Tom will address us in person on April 27 at the High Springs Woman’s Club.
On April 15, 2015 at 05:12PM, Tom at Watery Foundation published the following article:
California’s water management system is far from perfect but it has some advantages over Florida for drought management. For example:
- California has a remarkable combination of nongovernmental water research groups, including the Pacific Institute, the California Water Foundation, and the (PPIC) Water Policy Center. (See, for example, the recent Water Policy Center overview report and factsheets.) Nothing in Florida is as broadly-based or likely to contribute as much to water policy discussions.
- California’s governor will not put up with climate change denial in Presidential candidates because it …betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of the existing scientific data. It’s shocking and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office. Florida too must face up to the water supply and other challenges of climate change.
- California is actively debating the place of lawns in landscaping and how best to allocate finite supplies of water among competing uses. Florida is more focused on a fantasy where every potential water user can have all the water they wish and no one ever gives up any water right.
- California is going beyond WaterSense plumbing standards. Florida has not yet even reached WaterSense levels.
Californians can muck things up very well through bad choices and neglect but at least there seem to be some better water management structures.