Facts about California’s dire drought conditions
The state of California is drier than it has ever been. Sports turf managers must make the best of it, especially since steep fines have been imposed for individuals and business found wasting water as part of “The California Water Reduction Order.” These facts will help you learn a little more about the serious condition of the California drought.
- The drought currently encompasses over 98 percent of the state.
- More than 44 percent of California is in “exceptional” drought-the worst level of drought.
- Nearly 60 percent of the state’s water needs are now met by groundwater, up from 40 percent in years with normal amounts of rain and snowfall.
- California-based trade organization Western Growers Association estimated 17,000 farm jobs were lost in 2014.
- It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water–around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the larges U.S. reservoir–to recover from California’s continuing drought, according to an analysis of NASA satellite data.
- California’s current drought is the driest period in the state’s 163 years of recorded rainfall history.