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California Drought News: Wildfire, groundwater, and the return of the Chipotle burrito



You know what's not getting any cheaper? Meat, cheese or avocados. Check your receipt at Chipotle, people.
You know what's not getting any cheaper? Meat, cheese or avocados. Check your receipt at Chipotle, people.
Photo by timlewisnm via Flickr Creative Commons

Friday's news really doesn't understand how the city of Portland can just flush 38 million gallons of water. That's a lot of water to let go down the drain, especially with fire season around the corner.

I haven't been reading enough personal profiles of water use around the state. I liked this one:

[S]he’s got an eye on the need for more surface water to recharge the groundwater table. Because of her size, she doesn’t suck much out of the ground relative to her bigger farming neighbors. But as they furiously pump out groundwater, her well is going to fall. [...] “We don’t need a train,” Williams said, referring to the high-speed rail project. “We need water storage, really. A huge amount of the nation’s food [is affected].”

Groundwater's on a lot of people's minds.

Seriously, tell me the last time you got a Chipotle burrito, and whether it would still be worth it if it cost a quarter more, in the comments. Or just go ahead and have a good weekend.