We hear lots about California and it's three-year-running drought that has left the State in severe water stress. Wells are running dry, emergency bottled water has to be brought in to help the poor survive, orchards are being bulldozed as the trees die off, Nestle keeps plundering the state to bottle water for other places, municipalities are finally preparing to recycle waste water, etc., etc.
The "exceptional" drought zone is spreading ever northward, nearing the Oregon border. Officials from Humboldt County say the Eel River levels are at unprecedented lows and people along the coast are not ready for what's coming.
Coastal areas of Humboldt County have not see the impacts of the drought as directly as inland portions, leading many residents to be unaware of the critical situation, said Dan Ehresman, director of the North Coast Environmental Center.
"People are disconnected from where our water comes from," Ehresman said. "It is easy not to think about the conditions in the rest of the county."In the wine country, growers have cut back on drip irrigation but still hope their vines will make it through the summer. It's next year that's on their mind. They need relief in the form of rainfall over the winter.
Bad as a 3-year drought may be, a report from Cornell University, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey concludes that America's southwest is at risk of a 10-year drought this century.