Friday, January 9, 2015

The California Drought
By Luis Parra

      The water is lowering you can see some land in lakes and the hills are brown with cattle thirsty and hungry. Over the past 3 and a half years the Golden State has gone in a terrible drought, the state has lost a little more than 63 trillion gallons of water, and reports state that California is still in a sever, extreme, or exceptional drought conditions. An example of a city that has not received many inches of rain is the cit of San Jose, starting on July 1 2011 to June 30 2014 it only revised 22.83 inches of rain. That is the driest three year period in 125 years. In average three year period, the city receives 42.9 inches. San Jose has fallen 65 feet since 2011. Another example is the Santa Clara county here the groundwater is now at it's lowest level in 25 years. Many other cities have been affected by this drought, a study done by UC Davis Center for watershed Sciences states that the drought is expect to cost $2.2 billion with a job loss 17,100 . Residents who are under strict water regulations face heavy fine and even "water school". According to a study published in nature, the frequency of earthquakes could increase. Some seem to think that it is not a big deal and they don't care ,but it is really a huge deal and they should care. As you can see from this image below this is Folsom lake in 2011 to 2014 the water from this lake has decreased more than 50%.                                                                
      "It's a real concern," said John Coleman, a board member with the East Bay Municipal Utility district, which supplies water to 1.3 million people in  Alameda and Contra Costa counties. He also states that " You should not revert back to what your usage was because of a few storms. We don't know how the rest of the year is going to play out." So, what wold you do? Will you help by not using as much water? 

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