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California drought worst in more than 100 years

California, like most of the West, is starving for rain. For residents and visitors alike — and including those of us who explore the state with our RVs — the dire situation should prompt us to be extra careful with our use of fire. Simple things like not pulling off the side of the road in our cars and RVs where our exhaust could ignite brush, should be on the top of our minds. Here is the status of the California drought as provided by California State Parks.

The water year that ended Sept. 30, 2021, was the second driest on record. All of California’s 58 counties are under a drought emergency proclamation.

January, February and March 2022 were the driest on record dating back more than 100 years, logging just 6 inches of precipitation across the Sierra Nevada; that is less than half the precipitation accumulated in the first three months of 2013, which had been the driest in the observed record.

Statewide precipitation for the water year to date is 72% of average. Sierra-Cascades snowpack for the water year to date is 31% of average, up from 21% last week. Statewide reservoir storage is 70% of average for this time of year.

CALIIFORNIANS ARE BEING ASKED to reduce their water use by 15% over 2020 levels to protect water reserves and help maintain critical flows for fish and wildlife wherever possible.

As of Monday, April 18, the state’s voluntary household dry well reporting system received reports of 29 dry wells in the past 30 days. Eleven dry wells were reported in Fresno County alone. Dry wells were also reported in Butte, Kings, Lake, Madera, Plumas, San Joaquin, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sonoma, Tehama and Tulare counties.

For more information on drought conditions, visit the California Drought Action website.

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Richard Chabrajez
5 months ago

We are “Recovering Californians” and will likely never go back. Savvy residents saw this coming for years – with unbridled urban sprawl and development. There is nowhere near the resources/ infrastructure to support the population, their lawns, pools, washers, etc. and urban sprawl has made the state one giant heat sink. The result of governance through ignorance. Not sorry we left.

Tim
5 months ago

Well, you can’t drink oil.
Amazing that an oil company can find it profitable to build a pipeline from the Canadian border to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Year after year there is so much flood water in TX, LA, AR. Build a pipeline from the Mississippi River to the bone dry west.
It would be more profitable than oil.

Brad
5 months ago

CA needs to rethink it’s water usage policies. For years now they have been draining the Pine Flat Reservoir to run water down the long since dry San Juaquin to support the non-existent salmon & river water from northern CA into the ocean. While well intentioned this makes little sense considering the water shortages we are facing. Farmers have been put out of business due to the state failing to deliver contracted water.

Cindy
5 months ago

Our governor and the leftist politicians are allowing the special interests of the environmentalists to flush all our rain water and snow melt out into the ocean. No new water storage for decades, no maintenance of existing water storage (dams). Liberal policies have created this man-made drought. I’ve lived in the Central Valley of California for almost 62 years, my entire life. This has been an issue for decades. The rest of the nation doesn’t notice yet, but soon will when the food supply runs out due to farmers not having the water needed to irrigate their crops.

Jay
5 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

Snow melt is the biggest determinant of later water availability. Low snow year low snow melt. What about what farmers choose to plant? Sorry everyone, shouldn’t be parsing this stuff on RVTravel.

Cindy
5 months ago
Reply to  Jay

Yes, snow melt is the biggest determinant, but when the reservoirs are drained and water is sent out to the ocean, there isn’t any water from the snow melt left for farmers. Why any nation would voluntarily reduce it’s food supply and become dependent on other countries is beyond me. RVTravel wrote the article, I’m simply commenting on it, and so are you. Follow this link to see how much food the Central Valley grows for the entire nation.
https://harrisonco.com/insight/the-100-mile-circle-fighting-to-preserve-americas-food-independence/

Jay
5 months ago

Most of the water in California is used for agriculture. That’s ok, but other consumers can’t have much impact on water usage. We were conservative with water when we lived in Southern California as it seemed the right thing to do. Works out well now when as an RVer you need to practice conservation to stretch your water out.

gray
5 months ago

Just keep flushing precious fresh water down the sewer several times a day; give no thought to the alternative composting alternatives. Like in a lifeboat on the ocean; use the emergency drinking water to flush. ‘Lifeboat Earth’ has infinite supplies, right? Culture shock, much?

Using fresh water to transport human waste far, far exceeds anything Nestle might put in bottles.

Last edited 5 months ago by gray
Patrick DAnnunzio
5 months ago

Ban Nestle from bottling water not only in California but anywhere else they do it.

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