Monday, 3 October 2016

California Drought Enters Its 6th Year

California’s 2016 water year ended Friday with lower-than-expected rainfall and a “ snow drought ” as the state’s snowpack measured well below average.

Folsom Lake in 2011 and 2014.


Water year 2016, which ran from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, was officially categorized as “dry” statewide, continuing California’s five-year drought . The onset of the new water year has brought attention to the record reliance on groundwater by farmers and water wars between corporations and residents .

For a deeper dive:

News: LA Times , Lake County News , New York Times , Sacramento Bee , San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Commentary: Wired, Nick Stockton column ; Fresno Bee editorial

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