California Drought

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California faces “water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history,” according to the governor’s office. The governor called on Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20 percent, a plea that water experts say has been effective in past periods of dry weather. “A city dweller can meet that by not watering the lawn or washing their car as much, but a farmer has to fallow fields, dismiss workers, forgo income, and struggle with maintaining stable contracts over time.”

“We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens, including dramatically less water for our farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas,” Brown said. “I’ve declared this emergency and I’m calling all Californians to conserve water in every way possible.”

“We’re looking at just a huge amount of land going unplanted,” said Gayle Holman a spokeswoman for the Westlands Water District, one of the countries largest agricultural districts. “And I don’t think we’ve seen the full effect of it¬†yet.”¬†According to Brown “A city dweller can meet that by not watering the lawn or washing their car as much, but a farmer has to fallow fields, dismiss workers, forgo income, and struggle with maintaining stable contracts over time.”