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Can I Have a Glass of Water?

drought

Within the past few months, the Bay Area has received steady rainfall. Periods of rain have lasted weeks, which feels a bit outlandish, considering the average annual rainfall in this area has been around 22 inches, compared to 39 for the States. Even with all this recent rain, California is still shown as status: in a drought. Nearly five years after hitting a record low in rainfall in the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, things are finally taking a turn for the better. Life is flourishing, reservoirs are filling and snow is collecting in the mountains. Lake Shasta’s water levels are approaching capacity— and the storms keep coming.

“By Monday, seasonal rainfall jumped above the historic average across much of the state — uncommon territory over the past four years — with San Francisco notching 21 inches of rain since July 1, more than the city has seen in an entire year going back to 2011,” wrote Kurtis Alexander, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, in March of 2016.

Some things can be a gift and a curse.

Aside from the bombardment of flood warnings, the lack of rainfall in California for many years past could explain the neglect to repair and maintain dams and reservoirs. This results in catastrophe, such as the recent incident at Oroville Dam. Now, the once-tourist attraction is marked by the disastrous label, “permanently closed.” As according to the Washington Post, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “Dams, bridges, roads and all ports around the country have fallen into disrepair. In order to prevent the next disaster, we will pursue the president’s (Trump) vision for overhaul of our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.” Unfortunately, the repair costs would reside in the tens of billions.

Northern California has experienced temporary drought relief, and now faces new problems of its own; but how well has southern California fared?

El Niño brought storms to ease the parched northern California, but mostly left the southern half high and (especially) dry. For instance, the Soberanes fire burned strongly, since lack of rainfall resulted in dry wood. According to The Mercury News, the fire “blackened 132,000 acres of rugged backcountry in Big Sur.” Coincidentally, Big Sur is part of southern California.

Unfortunately, southern Cali will still need several years in order to recover. On the flip side of the coin, northern California is improving. And until then, we can only wait and hope for the best.

 

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