Sharon Kleyne Refutes California Drought Claims

California Drought Is Not Really Over Says Sharon Kleyne. Sharon Kleyne Rejects Bogus California Drought Science.

Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, believes that politicians making unwise investments and not climate change are responsible for the California drought. Kleyne refutes science studies and reports citing climate change as the key cause of the drought. Kleyne also disagrees with experts who claim that the drought is over.

Even though California reservoirs are at 125% capacity, Kleyne says it is only a short matter of time before drought conditions return and citizens of towns like East Porterville and Bakersfield find themselves without adequate water for human use. Kleyne points the finger at politicians whose priorities are not focused on water. Water should be their number one infrastructure priority, but it isn’t. As in other states and countries, too much fresh ground water is running off to the oceans, leaving us with too little usable water to work with.

“The important thing to remember,” says Kleyne, “is that climate change has nothing to do with the California drought. That’s just a story to deflect the truth. There is plenty of water in the state, but it is being managed with no eye to the future. It’s being controlled for the benefit of the few while many more suffer.”

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Is The California Drought Coming To An End?

Orange County Water District General Manager Provides Updates. Sharon Kleyne & Mike Markus Seek Better Education & More New Water Research.

Guest: Mike Markus, General Manager, Orange County Water District in California
http://www.ocwd.com

It’s great news that California’s three-year drought is ending in most parts of the state and Sharon Kleyne, the nation’s foremost water advocate and host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica, sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® recently visited with Mike Marcus, General Manager of California’s Orange County Water District to hear updates from the state’s battle with drought.

Markus, who has worked in his position since 2007 and is a Hollywood native who moved as a child to Orange County, explained to Kleyne and her audience that the Orange County Water District manages, replenishes and protects the Orange County Groundwater Basin. This is the county’s largest source of drinking water. The basin—270 square miles in size—delivers approximately 75% of the water supply to 2.4 million residents in north and central Orange County. Markus also talked at length about the fact that his district does a great job educating people about where the water comes from. He specifically mentioned one outreach program, the Children’s Water Education Festival, a rollicking two-day event attracting thousands of people to talks and interactive displays.

Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, has for years encouraged listeners and others to experience a new, healthy Water Life Science® lifestyle. She encouraged more education and honest reportage. “Too many people are ignorant of the facts,” said Kleyne. “Then they get dismissive. They say ‘oh, it’s only water’. Well, you might just as well say, ‘it’s only life’. Believe me,” said Kleyne, “we have run out of wiggle room on this issue. If the global water crisis gets much worse, we’ll have to contend with billions of people whose health will have suffered because they’re dehydrated due to excessive evaporation of their water body vapor. At the same time,” Kleyne added, “over-evaporation of earth’s water vapor will severely compromise the air we breathe.” Kleyne praised Markus and his district for doing so much to expand education opportunities in water and developing new technology for smarter water use.

Markus shared that the Orange County District has come to rely more and more on recycled water, specifically waste water that is, after an advanced filtration process, converted into distilled water. Orange County’s is the first facility to use reverse osmosis in this process.

“The people of Orange County have a right to clean, healthy water,” Markus concluded. “We have the technology and we have the experience. Now we need the commitment from elected officials to invest in water and water education for all.”

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Southern Oregon Is West’s Most Drought Proof Fresh Water Region Say Hiking Guide Authors

Art Bernstein and Zach Urness, authors of “Hiking Southern Oregon,” Discuss the California Drought and High Cascades Aquifer with Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne

During the Western United States’ worst ever drought, while Southern California’s fresh water supply runs dangerously low, Southern Oregon’s water is proving resistant to drought and climate change. Southern Oregon’s rivers, despite the lowest mountain snow pack on record in 2014, remain high and fast even in late summer and early autumn.* That was the observation of journalist-hikers Art Bernstein and Zach Urness, authors of the new book “Hiking Southern Oregon,” during an interview with water advocate Sharon Kleyne.

The reason for Southern Oregon’s enviable position, according to Bernstein and Urness, is the High Cascades Aquifer that keeps rivers flowing even with meager snow pack and scarce rainfall. The aquifer is named for the High Cascades Mountains, stretching from far northern California to British Columbia. They reach their maximum extent in Southwest Oregon.

Bernstein and Urness were interviewed on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show of October 20, 2014 (Sharon Kleyne Hour archive: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour)

The syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, hosted by water advocate Sharon Kleyne, is heard on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a global research and technology center specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere and dehydration. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center’s signature product for dry eyes. Kleyne is Bio-Logic Aqua’s Founder and Research Director.

Art Bernstein has written 18 books on hiking and natural history in Oregon and northern California, including two books of short stories. Bernstein has an MS in Forestry from the University of Michigan and has lived in Southern Oregon since 1970

Zach Urness, outdoors reporter for the Salem Statesman-Journal, is published statewide and widely known for his articles on hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and skiing. Urness previously wrote for the Grants Pass, Oregon, Daily Courier.

The High Cascades mountain range, according to Bernstein and Urness, is a string of young volcanoes beginning at California’s Mt. Lassen, running up the middle of Oregon and Washington and ending at British Columbia’s Mt. Garibaldi. Crater Lake, and Mounts Shasta, Hood, Rainier and St. Helens belong to the High Cascades.

The Western Cascades are a much older and more eroded volcanic range slightly to the west of but intermingled with the High Cascades. In southern Oregon, the High Cascades constitute nearly the entire Cascades region with occasional pockets of Western Cascades. Conversely, in northern Oregon and in Washington, the Western Cascades predominate, with occasional dots of High Cascades. The northern dots include Mounts Rainier, St. Helens and Hood. The High Cascades predominate to a lesser extend in Central Oregon and far Northern California.

Young volcanic material, say Bernstein and Urness, is highly porous and able to absorb a tremendous amount of water. The result is the massive High Cascades Aquifer. Because of the Aquifer, Southern Oregon’s rivers maintain their flow year round despite low precipitation and climate change. Thus, Northern California’s Shasta River, rising on Mt. Shasta, had plenty of water in 2014 while the nearby South Fork Sacramento, originating in the mostly granite Klamath Mountains, ended up waterless. The Rogue, Umpqua, Descutes and Santiam Rivers also originate in the High Cascades.

Young volcanic rock, Bernstein and Urness explain, is composed mostly of highly porous ash and soft “vesiculated” lava full of bubbles. Young volcanic areas are also riddled with lava tubes – where flowing molten lava hardened on the outside while lava continued to run on the inside, eventually leaving an empty tube. Young lava rock is also prone to an extreme fissuring

In contrast, the Western Cascades consist mostly of volcanic plugs, core conduits of volcanoes long since eroded away. The lava in volcanic plugs, because it solidified deep underground, is much harder than surface lava.

In California’s non-volcanic Klamath and Sierra Nevada Mountains, the predominant rock is mostly granitic, which water has difficulty penetrating. Thus, there is heavy runoff in California rivers in spring and early summer but they quickly dry up.

An outstanding location to observe the High Cascades Aquifer, say Bernstein and Urness, is the Boundary Spring Trail near Crater Lake National Park’s north boundary. Summer or winter, wet year or dry, the fresh water spring gushes from the rocks and immediately becomes the Rogue River. Thousand Springs, near Crater Lake’s western boundary, is also beautiful and educational.

*Boxall, B, “Amid California’s drought, a bruising battle for cheaper water,” Los Angeles Times, October 21, 2014

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-westlands-20141021-story.html#page=1

*Urness, Z, “Feeding the Rogue River,” Grants Pass Daily Courier, July 25, 2009

http://www.fsl.orst.edu/wpg/pubs/090725_GPDailyCourier_Rogue.pdf

Bernstein and Urness, “Hiking Southern Oregon,” Falcon Guides, 2014.

http://www.falcon.com/books/hiking-southern-oregon