Short Term Crisis Management Strategies

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As a state, California has responded to the drought through several short term crisis management strategies. The first of these being pumping of groundwater, although an effective solution in the short term (offsetting almost 70% of the water shortage and reducing crop fallow and job losses), these reserves will become ever more expensive to extract and will eventually run out. Under irrigating land, idling of land and shifting of crops go together as strategies that will save the proprietor water but will also decrease output and consequently operating profits. Another is the use of water conservation technologies such as shade balls or permeable tarmac, aligning with Boserup’s 1965 theory that ‘Necessity is the mother of all invention’…show more content…
An article written by Ostrander (2015) gives an interesting take on longer term and more sustainable strategies for L.A in response to the Californian drought, all of which revolve around changing the way the city deals with its water. The article states that the concreting of channels and river beds and an increase in urban impermeable surfaces have meant that less water can filter into the ground, rather it either floods or drains straight into the ocean. In changing the rhetoric of storm water being a nuisance and restoring waterways to allow them to hold, slow and filter water would fix many problems at once. Combining this with technology such as permeable tarmac would allow groundwater to replenish faster when the rains arrive. Although these solutions are not cheap, they are said to be far cheaper than desalinization. In addition, It is estimated that through strategies such as these, L.A could reduce its water import from 85% to just over half.
An article by Hudson (2015) gives recommendations for combatting drought with far longer term orientation, all of which, similar to Ostrander, revolve around the management of water. The article argues that restricting people s water use is a temporary measure. In the long term climate change and supply will dictate that California needs to change the way it manages water, particularly
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