News Worth Noting: New fact sheets available from PPIC: California’s latest drought; Water use in California

New fact sheet: California’s latest drought

From the Public Policy Institute of California:

figure1_latest-droughtCalifornia has been in a major drought.  Droughts are a recurring feature of California’s climate, and the four-year period between fall 2011 and fall 2015 was the driest since record keeping began in 1895. High temperatures worsened its effects, with 2014 and 2015 being the two hottest years in the state’s recorded history. Precipitation in 2016 was average in northern California—where most of the state’s water supply originates—but this was not enough to eliminate the severe water deficit. Governor Brown declared a statewide drought emergency in January 2014, establishing an interagency drought response team. The legislature has allocated more than $3 billion—mostly from voter-approved bonds—to provide drought relief and improve water management.

Click here to read the factsheet from the PPIC.

New fact sheet: Water use in California

From the Public Policy Institute of California:

figure1_water-useWater in California is shared across three main sectors.

Statewide, average water use is roughly 50% environmental, 40% agricultural, and 10% urban, although the percentage of water use by sector varies dramatically across regions and between wet and dry years. Some of the water used by each of these sectors returns to rivers and groundwater basins and can be used again. (These official estimates were last updated in 2010, so they do not reflect recent drought-related changes in water use.)

Click here to read the factsheet from the PPIC.

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