One (count em, ONE) has been approved recently (late in 2008), in Carlsbad near San Diego. It will not produce fresh water until 2011, per the company’s website.
Another one sits idle, mothballed, in Santa Barbara.
A few more are in various stages of environmental review.
People get cranky when they get thirsty. There is a reason wars were fought over water in the Wild West.
Meanwhile, farms are not planting this year. No water, so why bother?
California’s state water page may be found here.
There is a spiffy section on Climate Change, and another on Drought.
Roger E. Sowell
Marina del Rey, California (where it is indeed raining tonight)" The raining tonight comment is a dig at the weather forecasters in UK, who infamously cannot get the weather forecast correct across the pond. Our local weather guys did a pretty good job of predicting the current rain system.
This response came from Lee Kington, "Since it was mentioned…. I follow the data for Lake Powell and check it on a regular basis.
The also have a searchable data base.
Last year the lakes gained quite a bit…. then the decision was made to do a massive discharge (both Powell and Mead). It seems some fish downstream wanted to wash their teeth real well or something."
Then this from E.M.Smith
Next, Rigel expresses his distaste for California: Rigel