The 2000's Peninsula water shortage crisis is an ongoing socioeconomic, political and ecological crisis in the U.S. state of Peninsula. The crisis, which officially began with the 2005 water ration, has been caused by the overpopulation of the Baja California peninsula, where the state is exclusively located. The peninsula, which ecologists and environmentalists agree can at most support 3,500,000 to 4,000,000 residents, is currently home to almost 8,000,000 as of the 2010 census.
The crisis applies largely to southern Peninsula, in particular the city of La Paz, which is one of the largest cities in the country, one of America's largest ports and tourist cities, and the anchor of the state's popolous southern metropolitan zone. The densely populated region has struggled with water supplies since the mid-1990's but it became a full-blown crisis in 2005 with the power failures at the Las Sales desalination plant in the San Joaquin suburb of Las Sales. The crisis has caused the mass-emigration of upper and middle class residents of the region northwards, primarily to southern California or northern Peninsula, which have far more manageable water supplies. President Jay Leno referred to helping the municipal authorities in southern Peninsula - once the fastest-growing region in the United States and an area referred to as "bust-proof" - survive its water crisis as his top domestic priority in 2007. Despite an influx of federal water supply, water prices remain exorbitant statewide and have driven up national drinking water prices, helping usher in the 2010-2011 recession.