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California Governor to Declare Drought Emergency

Posted by feww on January 17, 2014

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Water rationing starts in California as Extreme Drought Browns the Golden State

California Governor Brown is expected to declare a State of Emergency, an official drought proclamation, for the scorched state on Friday. He described the drought as being “really serious,” adding that 2014 could be California’s third consecutive dry year. “In many ways it’s a mega-drought.”

  • 2013 was California’s driest year since records began 119 years ago.
  • Many California reservoirs are at their lowest levels in years.
  • The snow cover is less than 20 percent of the normal at this time of year.
  • Lake Shasta, the state’s largest reservoir is holding just over a third of its full capacity,  down from the normal of more than a half at this time of year, according to officials.
  • Sacramento City Council has voted to enact severe water rationing as the region is faced with historically low water levels on the American River with a long-range forecast showing little, if any, rain.

U.S. Drought Monitor

Nearly 63 percent of California is covered by Extreme Drought (D3 drought level), and more than 27 percent of the land by Sever Drought (D2 drought level), with  about 9 percent of the state experiencing Abnormal Dry to Moderate Drought conditions.

The land area covered by Extreme Drought (D3 drought level) has more than doubled since last week from 27.59 percent to 62.71 percent.

california drought map
California Drought Monitor Map.  Source: The U.S. Drought Monitor, The National Drought Mitigation Center.

Crop Disaster Declared due to Drought

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued 45 county-level crop disaster designations in 39 California counties.

The drought disaster areas are Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura and Yolo counties.

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6 Responses to “California Governor to Declare Drought Emergency”

  1. Dave Flang said

    2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

  2. ar said

    All along the west coast the cities string together one after one, mile after mile of commercial real estate and fast food America. There’s no danger involved, but you can get a serious case of blue balls with tease and denial.

  3. Richard James Jordan said

    ‘ Send Supertankers to the Antarctic and harvest floating ice islands now afloat in International Waters ; transport to California and Pump liquid water into deep aquifiers to be used for Irrigation ! This water is Free and The Purest on the Globe !

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