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The Problems Created by The Current Drought in California

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Are we coping with the current drought in California or are we just postponing the inevitable shortage of water? Californians need to be quick because if scientists are right, the harshness of the current drought is second only to that of the dust bowl. Some agencies have been created to find possible results to the water shortfall, the government has been manipulated to discover solutions to the problem as well as requesting that people conserve water. This could be the beginning of California’s many consecutive years of drought to occur and last spring and summer was one of the worst because it received the lowest amount of rain recorded and California’s reservoirs were at so low that they cannot assist with the water shortfall. Californians need to discover a means to change the current methods, equipment and engineering science to better conserve water and if possible to solve the issue of the water shortage.
The evidence of the drought is all over the place, affecting large areas of society. Streams, rivers, ponds and lakes are drying up. Animals are dying of thirst and starvation rendering them a burden to farmers. According to the New York Times, “the sense of dread is building among farmers, many whom have already let fields go unplanted. Without more water, an estimated 200,000 acres of prime agricultural land will go unplanted in Fresno County (New York Times, 1).” The article by mentioned above implicates that farmers used to letting cows graze on rain-fed grass will need to rely on buying hay or in some farmers’ cases sell the majority of their cattle in order to be able to keep paying their rent. Furthermore, FoxNews.com states that, “Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Jan. 17. Farmers recently learned...

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...he drought is taking a toll on California and farmers aren’t the only ones suffering its effects on the economic system

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