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California Drought and Recent Rains

March 1, 2014

Although California is getting some very needed moisture the predictions are that the drought conditions will continue.   See http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/01/us/california-mudslides/index.html?hpt=hp_t2 for more details on the effects of drought and fires on mudslide risks from the recent rains.

The California Drought In One Photo

By DINA SPECTOR

Full Article at http://www.businessinsider.com/folsom-dam-illustrates-california-drought-2014-2

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The terrible severity of California’s drought is strikingly obvious these side-by-side images of Folsom Lake, a reservoir near Sacramento. On July 20, 2011, the lake was at 97% of its total capacity, according to NASA. On Jan. 16, 2014, the lake had dipped drastically to only 17% of its total capacity. At that time, water levels were so low that it exposed the remains of a Gold-Era-era mining town flooded in the 1950s.

Full Article at http://www.businessinsider.com/folsom-dam-illustrates-california-drought-2014-2

Parched: California Braces for Drought Without End in Sight

By John Roach

Full Article at http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/california-drought/parched-california-braces-drought-without-end-sight-n34861

How California’s Worsening Drought Could Make Your Grocery Bill Spike

By EMILY ATKIN

Full Article at http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/02/10/3270481/california-drought-grocery/

How California’s 500-Year Drought Is Destroying the Lives of Farmworkers

By Evelyn Nieves

Full Article at http://www.alternet.org/environment/how-californias-500-year-drought-destroying-lives-hardworking-farmers?page=0%2C2

 

The following is an interesting and visual article on California’s food production by crop type and water usage and also water usage by cities.

It Takes How Much Water to Grow an Almond?!

By Alex Park and Julia Lurie

Full Article at http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/wheres-californias-water-going

 
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