California Governor Declares 2014 Drought Emergency
Geege Schuman stashed this in California
The California Drought Is So Bad That A Flooded 1950s Ghost Town Was Exposed
The dry year California experienced in 2013 has left fresh water reservoirs with a fraction of their normal reserves and slowed the normally full American River so dramatically that brush and dry riverbed are showing through in areas normally teeming with fish.
Speaking at a news conference in San Francisco, he said the drought threatens to leave farms and communities with dramatically less water and increases the risk of fires in both urban and rural areas. On Friday, a fire burned out of control in the dry brush of the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County. And last year, the Rim Fire burned 402 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park, causing $127 million in damage as of late October, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Forest Service.
He appealed to residents to keep a lid on water use with the aim of reducing overall consumption by 20 percent, telling them that "this takes everybody pitching in." He warned that mandatory conservation programs may be initiated down the road.
Lake Shasta, the largest reservoir in California, is down from its historical average by nearly half.
Other sources of water, including the massive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, are also affected, prompting cities to dip into reserves and forcing farmers to scramble. Some public agencies may be able to purchase just 5 percent of the water that they contracted to buy from the state.
Adding to concerns, January and February are usually the wettest months in much of the state, but 2014 has so far been mostly dry, with little precipitation expected, according to the National Weather Service.
This is the driest I can remember. And there have been many fires in a Silicon Valley lately.
CALIF = Come And Live In Florida. Silicon Valley friends, you'll be gods here! You could own - and run -Florida in just a few years. We're a simple folk. :)
I do wonder why more California people don't leave for Florida.
I guess it's hard for us to get used to the humidity after we're so used to it being so dry.