WHAT IT IS
- California endured a 6-year drought, from 2011-2017
- Millions of trees died, large fires spread across the state, and many crops were stunted
- Snow and rainfall has alleviated the drought since December, 2016
- 2017 is one of the wettest years on record for California
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.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Abundance of water sources has proven too much for the current infrastructure to handle. Most reservoirs are almost full, with dams and roads eroding
- Governor Jerry Brown says it will take billions of dollars to upgrade the infrastructure
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?