California Drought

WHAT IT IS

WHY IT MATTERS

For those living in California, the drought strained finances and diminished the quality of life, necessitating water restrictions and halting the production of revenue. The drought’s influence also breached the California border, affecting the U.S. as a whole. With California being a primary food provider for the rest of the country, the scarcity of crops meant an increase in prices of produce. All in all, the California drought impacted civilians across America, creating safety hazards for citizens within California, and burdening the pocketbooks of people nationwide.

  • THE OPTIMISTS – “Hurrah!”

    • Recovery: Many are hopeful that California will recover from the drought
    • Lighten the mood: Government can loosen their restrictions on water consumption now that the reservoirs are no longer depleted
  • THE CAUTIOUS – “Not so fast…”

    • Too Early to Tell: Climate change has caused temperatures to rise such that the snowpack, that keeps the water flowing into the early summer as the snow melts, might not last
    • Slow Financial Recovery:  Loss in revenue during dry years makes financial recovery from a long-term drought particularly difficult
    • Move away: People living in particularly dry areas of California, especially those subject to forest fires, should considering relocating

WHERE WE ARE NOW

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

  • How do we edit our behaviors to anticipate drought in the future?
  • Is a new and improved infrastructure worth investing billions of dollars in?
  • How does climate change, and the growing unpredictability of our weather, affect our agriculture, our environment’s health, and our quality of life?