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Not until someone points out the hundreds of thousands of acres that will not be planted this year because there is no water. Or the communities that may run out of safe drinking water in the next two months. Or the declining river levels that may keep Chinook salmon from returning to spawn.

“The real visibleness of it will be much more apparent two months from now,” said Ryan Jacobsen, chief executive of the Fresno County Farm Bureau. “There’s no doubt whatsoever that we’re going to see fallow acres resulting in very high unemployment rates.”

The hidden consequences — economic and environmental — of a drought of such magnitude will be felt for years to come.

Ironic because the east coast has been blanketed in snow all winter.

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