California is facing on the worst draughts on record. Last month, the University of California, Davis, estimated the drought would cost the state $2.2 billion this year in losses and added expenses for the agriculture industry, while cutting 17,100, or 3.8%, of state farm jobs.
The worst recorded dry spell in CA started in 1961, however this draught is not far behind and it could exceed the conditions back then if we have one more dry year.
Democrats have proposed more regulation for farmers to control their water usage. However, the draught will likely be over before the regulations will have any impact this time. The draconian regs may help future draughts, but it won’t do anything for us now, except to impact food prices.
When it comes to real water management with adequate surface water storage Sacramento has been kicking the can down the road for way too long. The result is being felt especially hard in central and Southern CA where farm lands are starting to look like the dust bowl. The demands made on North state water have left lake dams, like Lake Oroville shown above looking pretty anemic.