Water shortages and fires loom after a dry winter
The lack of rain and snow during what is usually California’s wet season has shrunk the state’s water supply. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, a crucial source of water as it melts over the spring and summer, is currently at 65 percent of normal. Major reservoirs are also low. Two state agencies warned last week that the dry winter is very likely to lead to cuts in the supply of water to homes, businesses and farmers. The federal Bureau of Reclamation also told its agricultural water customers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to expect no water this year.
- Santa Cruz Sentinel: Early indicators of drought surface in Santa Cruz County
- NBC Palm Springs: California Preparing For Another Drought? Local Experts Say The Coachella Valley Is Prepared
- Ukiah Daily Journal: State issues water warning, Supes take heed please