Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 21

Watch this video first!

Here's the new article from the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-storm-20170221-story.html

Again, I'm going to talk about the need for infrastructure improvement and bring in global climate change! This much rain and wind is really going to affect our roads, bridges, and dams.


  1. As we’ve seen in the last few weeks, water can overwhelm the resources of our National Parks today, and yet there are thoughts of cutting the budgets for these essential reserves of nature for us all.
    The first drops are always welcome: rain in the desert, where every being is constantly aware of the need to hoard water. In Joshua Tree National Park, miles of sand and gravel interrupted with few greenish bushes and many large rounded rocks, creatures wait months for this moment. A half inch first. Easily absorbed, activating dormant life in seeds and seeping down to awaken small animals. Then one inch, four inches, ten inches. A whole year’s rain in one week. Like a child overeating on birthday cake, the desert dwellers try to make use of every drop but finally it’s overwhelming, Drowning begins to happen. Ironic that they come to a fate almost unknown in their habitat.
    Could we have stopped this disaster? This is not wild land that no one oversees but a highly visited National Park, one of the jewels of our democracy, a special retreat for overstimulated humans from Los Angeles and Las Vegas. A place where there are still stars in constellations you can see, where jackrabbits with big ears smirk at you and dare you to try to outrun them, where children watch for basking lizards bouncing with glee and avoid warming rattlesnakes as they scramble up huge rocks. We own this land and pay rangers to plan its uses, to make sure all is well with its denizens. But with budget cuts, with thoughts of possibly selling the land to companies so they can use it to advertise shoes and beer, with cuts to staffing and reductions even in part time employees, there is no one to do long term planning and no money for catch basins or diversions. Instead, the few employees must work overtime to meet the public camping there and assure their comfort, safety, and a bit of nature learning. We need to value our National Parks more, not less. At a time when children may lose out by growing up without any exposure to nature, we should all tell our representatives and senators to protect and expand the budgets for our National Parks.
    Laura L. Mays Hoopes

    1. That is an exceptionally strong letter! I really hope that this is published. It says absolutely everything so eloquently!

  2. Dear Editor,

    The rains came and went over the northern California, dropping over two inches of rain in the counties surrounding the areas of Sacramento. It was a major concern for all of the
    people near the flood waters. The result was reservoirs were at dangerous levels and were inspected for flaws. The all clear was given and the inspections came and went as fast as the rising waters.
    People were evacuated and homes were lost. Our California infrastructure needs to be a priority and funded before the disasters reoccur, not after the crises already happens. The climatic catastrophes such as the one up north may not have the same results but could be disastrous.
    The people know that the weather will happen in the same patterns as it has been, and will only be getting worse, with climatic change on the horizon. If we do not address the problems with the dams and the rivers flooding and releasing water to their capacities, the consequences will have people displaced with destruction of property and even loss of life. There is also the concern of the natural resources affected by the floods. A cause and effect scenario is in the delicate balance with the ecosystems and the animals living there.