A California drought has many people in the western state worried this week, as what has been viewed as just a recent lack of rainfall is something that needs to be taken as a “real threat,” warns officials from Enterprise Record. With nine of California’s primary water reservoirs at levels of 50 percent or lower, as well as record amounts of low rainfall, the state needs to start weighing its water options soon. Web Pro News shares the most up-to-date report on this shortage this Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
The California drought is something that should be taken as a “real threat” in the very near future by both the public at large and especially agricultural workers. New records this 2014 New Year reveal that with 12 state reservoirs now below 50 percent and some cities of California receiving less than four inches of rain since mid-2012, water scarcity could be an impending hazard. The California State Board of Food and Agriculture has its members meeting with officials from the Department of Water Resources later this month0 to discuss what this drought might mean for state civilians, and how it might become worse as the hotter months make it here once Spring arrives. It is expected that plans might be made in case the drought on the West Coast continues.
“We are sounding the alarm on behalf of the agricultural industry,” said Craig McNamara, president of the state’s food and agriculture board. “With the strong potential that California is entering its third dry year, we need to start planning now to minimize long-term impacts.”
As cited by experts on the potential harm that this California drought might incur, the most immediate threat would be toward farmers in the state. While the drought is already considered to be at “severe” levels, a subsequent lack of rainfall in the area is said to possible land fallowing, crops dying, and unsustainable groundwater overdraft that damages the very soil and livestock ranges. Adds the report, “livestock farmers who raise their livestock on natural pastures are already having to pump ground water into water troughs for their animals in some dryer areas of the state to keep them properly hydrated.”
Other regions are not suffering as much from the California drought. (Some locales are even benefiting from the lack of rain, with less tree disease and overall improved conditions for some orchard workers.) During the upcoming meeting of Agricultural and Water officials (scheduled for this Tuesday), farmers are said to be informed on the latest status of the drought and how to prepare to protect their animals, crops, and very farms from the dry heat.