From Shasta to Folsom, shriveled reservoirs show depths of California’s drought disaster
Instead of being flush with newly melted snow, Folsom Lake is the driest it’s been in springtime since the epic drought of 1977. Water levels are so low that temporary pumps probably will be installed to help move water out of the stricken reservoir. Water levels at Lake Oroville have plunged to the point that its giant hydropower plant could be idled for the first time ever this summer … [C]onditions are so bad that major cities are drawing up conservation plans, farmers have scaled back plantings and environmentalists are angrily warning of massive fish kills.
- SF Gate: 120 houseboats pulled off Lake Oroville as reservoir is expected to reach lowest level ever
- The Pacific Institute: The 2021 Western Drought: What to Expect as Conditions Worsen
- Yale Climate Connections: California, ‘America’s Garden,’ is drying out