CALIFORNIA’S DROUGHT CRISIS

LESSONS LEARNED: DROUGHT THEN AND NOW


A CalMatters series investigates what’s improved and what’s worsened since the last drought — and vividly portrays the impacts on California’s places and people.

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DROUGHT: THE BASICS


Water in California, explained

Are we facing another drought?
California entered 2020 almost bone-dry. And 2021 has been even worse. In July of 2021, 85% of the state is facing extreme drought.

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Cattle, graze on a barren hillside in Tulare County outside of Porterville on July 2, 2015. Photp bu Gregory Bull, AP Photo

Drought emergency declared in Central Valley, Klamath region

Pressured by growers and legislators, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency in 39 counties as most of California experiences severe drought. The order, which affects more than half of the state, will expedite water sales among growers while allowing state officials to keep reservoirs full and river fish protected.

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