The Consequences Of The Severe Drought In California

Severe Drought

Despite California's escape from the drought for a brief period, scientists have declared in excess of forty percent of California is in a moderate drought. The Sierra Nevada snowpack has also been confirmed by the water officials as lower than normal. The counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles constitute almost 25 percent of the population of the state, and are rated in serious drought.

Southern California is experiencing record-high temperatures with no rain, and the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is a third short of normal. The dry vegetation and lack of rain fueled the biggest wildfire in the history of the state in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in December. When the rain finally came, the resulting mudslide killed 21 people. As much as the state needs rain, another mudslide could be catastrophic.

The survivors are still trying to dig out their homes, and many roads, beaches and businesses are still closed. The five-year dry spell was relieved during a rainy Northern California winter that nearly set a record. This rain has raised the reservoirs in California higher than usual. According to a spokesman for the Department of Water Resources, there are still two months left in the snow and rain season for the state, so there is hope. For more details, please visit

The state of emergency for drought was lifted in April by Governor Jerry Brown, but the state did not emerge from the category of severe drought until recently. The U.S. Drought Monitor stated only thirteen percent of California were still in drought last week. During the peak of the drought, 99.9 percent of the state were in some percentage of drought, and almost fifty percent were in the highest category. The five-year drought has caused mandatory conservation of towns and cities of 25 percent. These new conservation measures were announced by water officials of the state on Thursday, and this conservation must become a new way of life due to the arid conditions of the state.

Natural species have been devastated due to competition for water supplies and disappointing winters from pine forests to Chinook salmon. The richest agricultural producer in the nation is the Central Valley in California. The five-year drought meant water systems had to be installed by government officials in little towns like East Porterville. Their household wells simply dried out. Bottled water is still being delivered to outside the city limits of Porterville by volunteers.



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