Punishing Drought Threatens California

Monday, February 03, 2014

Now in its third straight year of drought conditions, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years, and reservoirs throughout the state have low water levels. Now in its third straight year of drought conditions, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years, and reservoirs throughout the state have low water levels. (Getty Images)

A sandy drought has swept across California and is now threatening the state’s drinking water supply. The drips are coming to an end and people have been given notice all over the state to expect their supplies to be turned off soon.

The State Water Project, the main municipal water distribution system, has announced it doesn't have enough water to supplement local supplies—so for the first time in history the spigot is being turned off.

Dan Macon owns the Flying Mule Farm in Auburn, CA. He joins The Takeaway to discuss this punishing drought. 

Guests:

Dan Macon

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Peg

And yet, Americans are still moving to all the drier warmer states from their colder wetter states. How many thirsty humans can California (Florida, Texas, Arizona...) house?

And, if most of the water is in the northern states, perhaps its time to slow funding for futile irrigation in the dry states and begin to fund greenhousing and other protected crop growing in the northern water states. (These protected crop growing systems are quite prevalent in Europe and Asia already.)

Feb. 03 2014 09:42 AM

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