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CA. Governor Liftes Five Years of Water Restrictions as the State Drought Emergency Comes to an End

After five years of what seemed like unending drought, California finally had a wet winter that has allowed Gov. Jerry Brown to lift the emergency orders. Brown placed a series of emergency measures across the state in 2014 and 2015 in an effort to conserve water. These were desperate measures that were applied when the end of the drought could not be seen to save the water supply for 39 million people.

 

On Friday, June 9, Brown declared that “the drought emergency is over, and the water restrictions have been lifted.” During this time, only four percent of the state had not experienced the abnormally dry conditions.

 

The melting snowpack from the mountains typically supplies the majority of the water supply and that plunged in 2014. This left the two largest water reservoirs, Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville, at only half capacity.

 

The rural areas tried to save water by extending the wells that were already dug, but this led to serious ground sinking issues. Thousands of people had no tap water, and acres upon acres of trees in the National Forests dried up and died. Scientists are now investigating the impact that the drought effect had on the ecosystem at the higher elevations.

 

Those in the urban areas experienced serious restraints also and were required to cut water usage 25 percent. Thousands of people were fined for washing cars and watering lawns during the past five years.

 

Even though the lawns turned brown and local restaurants stopped automatically serving water by the end of 2015, the urban areas accomplished the task of reducing their water usage.

 

Maybe the drought lasted just long enough to wake up the west coast residents to the excess that they had been using. The 2016-2017 season has been recorded as the second wettest season on record. The Oroville Dam is filled to capacity and overflowing, and the snowpack is 161 percent over normal, reports Bill Patzert, NASA climatologist.

Drought Lifted While Impacts Remain

California residents can now say that the drought that has lasted for about four years is over. That doesn’t mean that the damage done by the drought will go away anytime soon. Whenever there is a significant lack of water in a state, there are always issues with the infrastructure of the ground and amount of water that is available for drinking in the future. Lawns are now seeking the water that they once had, damaged to a point where they don’t have the beautiful green color that they once had. There are forests struggling with trees that have simply died out from the lack of adequate water over the course of a few years. In some places, the land started to sink in, appearing as though it would cave in on itself.

 

Although it’s started to rain once again, the ground and the plants and the trees aren’t going to just bounce back to the way that they were overnight. Governor Jerry Brown removed emergency orders from 2014 and 2015 over the first week of June 2017. There are a few water restrictions in some of the counties in California, but for the most part, people can begin using water like before. When the drought started, there was only about four percent of the state that didn’t see any kind of dry conditions. Fortunately, the winter season of 2016 was abnormally wet, providing plenty of moisture for the state to come out of drought conditions. There isn’t a promise that there won’t be another drought in the future, and if there is, then there is a chance that it could leave conditions worse than what they are now.

Overuse of Water Continues Amid California Drought

California is in the middle of a long, seemingly unending drought, but that does not stop the widespread abuse of water restriction policies that are currently in place. Not only are private citizens being cited for watering lawns and otherwise overusing water, but the city of Los Angles recently made headlines for watering fake grass.

 

Accordign to an article in CBS news, the Los Ángeles Deparment of Water and Power, which makes many of the rules regarding local water restrictions, appears to be violating some of its own policies. The DWP installed fake grass on their lawn in order to reduce the amount of water that they use so that they can stay within their own departmental policies. They are also looked up to as an example for the appropriate way to behave during a drought.

 

But CBS Los Angeles investigated and discovered that the DWP is watering this grass for a few minutes each week, which not only is a potential waste of water, but also causes grey water to run off into the very limited supply of drinking water. The drought in California causing serious problems for people in some parts of California, who are finding they do not have enough clean water for drinking or bathing. The report also angered neighbors because they have been following the stricter water restrictions that the DWP has created.

 

For it’s part, the DWP says that they are simply trying to keep the fake grass clean. They insist that they are trying to wash off dog pee. While this seems like it could be a legitimate concern, as there is no reason to keep watering grass that does not grow, it begs another question. It seems like there must be some other way for the fake grass to stay clean without causing water to run off and be wasted, even if it takes longer and is a little more work.

 

Using as little extra water is incredibly important in California where droughts have plagued the state for decades. The population continues to grow, taxing the limited natural resources the state has. Envromental problems also contribute to the drought in California, and until these issues are resolved, following the water restrictions is very important for everyone in Calfornia.

 

Overuse of Water Continues Amid California Drought

California is in the middle of a long, seemingly unending drought, but that does not stop the widespread abuse of water restriction policies that are currently in place. Not only are private citizens being cited for watering lawns and otherwise overusing water, but the city of Los Angles recently made headlines for watering fake grass.

According to an article in CBS news, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which makes many of the rules regarding local water restrictions, appears to be violating some of its own policies. The DWP installed fake grass on their lawn in order to reduce the amount of water that they use so that they can stay within their own departmental policies. They are also looked up to as an example for the appropriate way to behave during a drought.

But CBS Los Angeles investigated and discovered that the DWP is watering this grass for a few minutes each week, which not only is a potential waste of water, but also causes grey water to run off into the very limited supply of drinking water. The drought in California causing serious problems for people in some parts of California, who are finding they do not have enough clean water for drinking or bathing. The report also angered neighbors because they have been following the stricter water restrictions that the DWP has created.

For it’s part, the DWP says that they are simply trying to keep the fake grass clean. They insist that they are trying to wash off dog pee. While this seems like it could be a legitimate concern, as there is no reason to keep watering grass that does not grow, it begs another question. It seems like there must be some other way for the fake grass to stay clean without causing water to run off and be wasted, even if it takes longer and is a little more work.

Using as little extra water is incredibly important in California where droughts have plagued the state for decades. The population continues to grow, taxing the limited natural resources the state has. Environmental problems also contribute to the drought in California, and until these issues are resolved, following the water restrictions is very important for everyone in California.