Wednesday, April 25, 2007

California Faces Drought Year

The verdict is out- the lack of winter rain this year has left county reservoirs at lows not seen since the 1992 drought. Southern California saw the least amount as rainfall fell at 50% below normal in some counties. Many of Northern California's reservoirs are reporting normal levels after experiencing unusually high amounts of rain last year, but officials say there are still reasons to conserve. It is unknown for certain if we could face more severe drought in the future as climates shift. With the dry summer, the entire Northwest Coast will most likely face greater risk of fire in open space and forests.
Landscapes account for 70-80% of residential water used in the state, so water restrictions may be likely.
for KQED Podcast

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