Are we coping with the current drought in California or are we just postponing the inevitable shortage of water? Californians need to be quick because if scientists are right, the harshness of the current drought is second only to that of the dust bowl. Some agencies have been created to find possible results to the water shortfall, the government has been manipulated to discover solutions to the problem as well as requesting that people conserve water. This could be the beginning of California’s many consecutive years of drought to occur and last spring and summer was one of the worst because it received the lowest amount of rain recorded and California’s reservoirs were at so low that they cannot assist with the water shortfall.
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Peoples’ crops are drying up and their fields have turned into barren wastelands. According to National Geographic’s Thomas M. Kostigen, “Two years into California's drought, Donald Galliano’s grapevines are now scorched shrubs, their charcoal-colored stems and gnarled roots displaying not a lick of life. I have never seen anything like this, says Galliano, the third-generation owner of a 300-acre vineyard in Mira Loma, California (Kostigen, 1).” This means that Donald Galliano will not only lose money but will also be forced to lay off some of his workers due to being unable to pay their salaries. Donald Galliano will also have to figure out how to do the same amount of work with half the workers and about a fourth of the water supply.
There are multiple theories about what is causing the current drought, yet there are people whom believe that the water shortage. USA today’s journalist Doyle Rice claims that, “according to meteorologist Richard Heim of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville N.C, the main cause of the recent intensifying of the drought is a persistent weather pattern that kept storms from the region for much of the winter because of the high-pressure ridges that prevented clouds