Hoping for a wet winter in California.

At left, Folsom Lake in March 2011. At right, Folsom Lake in January 2014. | State of California

At left, Folsom Lake in March 2011. At right, Folsom Lake in January 2014. | State of California

Folsom Lake is a striking look at an extreme weather condition, DROUGHT. The people of this valley believe that this is the worst condition seen in 500 years of recorded history.

What causes these changes in nature? Where is our precious water resource? Scientist believe climate change is responsible for this extreme weather condition and patterns noticed around the world. Today, humans produce more waste than ever before due to the high need for more engines, factories, aeroplanes, etc., they claim. This type of production leads to fumes, smoke and water vapor released into the earth’s atmosphere. Eventually, these vapors lead to GLOBAL WARMING, a gradual increase of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants, that increase the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere.

Scientist also show that drought, like many other extreme weather conditions, are part of mother natures natural processes. This process occurs regardless of our industrial gains and how people consume or use resources. Further, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mentions, “Before humans, changes in climate resulted entirely from natural causes such as changes in Earth’s orbit, changes in solar activity, or volcanic eruptions.”

Climate change, either by global warming or natural processes, can have DEVASTATING consequences that can DEPLETE our water resources. In January 2014, California’s Governor Brown declared the need to learn more about these conditions in order to be prepared and assist in conservation efforts.

“We have to learn to manage wisely water, energy, land and our investments.” – Governor Brown.

In this video by The New York Times we take a look at how California is weathering three years with minimal rainfall. We see the San Luis Reservoir water levels and how farmers face difficult decisions in growing crops with this extreme climate.

(California’s Extreme Drought, Explained | The New York Times | YouTube)



  • According to The New York Times video, what are some alarming details about the San Luis Reservoir in Merced County, California?
  • What consequences can severe drought bring to our local agriculture?
  • Visit California Drought website and view the link “Save Our Water.” How can you prepare and assist in conservation efforts?

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15 replies

  1. 1.Some alarming detail’s about San Luis reservoir are? there’s only half of the water in California.California has only 20% of rain fall.

    2.consequences of serve drought are? Farmers can’t grow plants because there’s no water to grow plants and if we don’t take care of the water the water prices is going to be more higher then it was before and less trees.

    3.California can prepare by? taking 5 minute showers ,close the sink knob when it’s not needed and sue a bucket when you are taking a bath to catch the water that can be use for the plant’s

  2. 1) What are some alarming detail’s are that some fruit are almost not getting much water. The farmers trees are not getting water. There are going to be more wildfires, floods and storms.

    2) Consequences of severe drought are when you go to the store the water prices are going to be higher. There is going to be dead plants and trees everywhere!!!

    3) California can prepare by not wasting water, turn of the water when you are brushing your teeth and take short showers and turn off the hose when you wash your car.

  3. 1.Some alarming details about San Luis Resevoir is that 50% of the water is gone.

    2.Consequences of severe drought are that some farms don’t get enough water and there plant’s are dying.

    3.California can prepare by taking shorter showers and using less water to brush your teeth.

  4. 1) Some alarming details about San Luis Reservior are that it should be twice as large as how it is right now. Normally it is next to the waterline. Right now 100% of California faces severe drought. This is the sand
    San Luis Reservior in New Fresno.

    2) Consequences of severe drought are with California facing one of the most severe droughts on record. Governor Brown declared drought State of Emergency in January and directed state officials to take necessary actions to prepare for water shortages.”The state has continued to lead the way to make sure California is able to cope with an unprecedented drought.”

    3) Even in normal years, some areas of state find it difficult to meet all demands for water. Water deliveries for some key water projects have been permanently reduced due to environmental concerns, while other systems struggle with aging infrastructure and other challenges. our state’s population continues to grow, with 60 million Californians expected by 2050.

  5. Some alarming details about the San Luis Reservoir are,we would not have water to take showers,and the water would cost more.” Scientist also show that drought, like many other extreme weather conditions, are part of mother natures natural processes. This process occurs regardless of our industrial gains and how people consume or use resources.”Consequences of severe drought are,we would not have any water to take showers,brush your teeth,and the farmers would not be able to water their crops.We can prepare California by, taking smaller showers,and turning off the water from the sink when u are brushing your teeth. Here are some tips on how to save water.1 take small showers.2 turn off water when brushing your teeth.3 don’t throw water out if it still has water.

  6. 1)In 2011 it has more water than 2014.And also crops need more water to grow.Right now they receive less water than before.
    2)California can prepare by visiting the california drought website and view the link ”save our water” and read about california’s drought and how to save water.
    3)Some areas that can save our local agriculture is take shorter showers or don’t leave the sink on while you brush your teeth.

  7. According to the New York Times video some alarming details about about San Luis are that farmers have not been getting enough water to water their crops this year.We only have 20% of normal rain fall this year. Consequences that the farmers serve do to the drought are that they do not provide a lot water so the food can not grow.We can help California by taking less showers and more baths and if you take showers make sure they are short and do not leave your sprinklers in your yard.

  8. 1)Some alarming details about San Luis Reservoir are that we only have 20% of normal rainfall. Our water has gone down to half-full.
    2)Consequences of severe drought are that farmers don’t have enough water to grow crops, and that we have less trees than before.
    3)We can prepare California by taking less time in the shower,turning off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth, and don’t leave the sprinklers on in your yard.

  9. Some alarming details about San Luis reservoir are the water levels have gone down to half full. We only have 20% of rainfall. Consequences of severe drought are people are using to much water and the water bill might go up because of to much water waste. California can prepare by saving the water by short showers, brush teeth with water off, don’t turn on the sprinklers when it’s raining, and don’t wash your cars when it’s barely raining.

  10. I loved the video.

    • I’m glad you did Holly. The video show the San Luis Reservoir. Jennifer Morgan, the tour guide, explains details of the water levels in the reservoir. What was her concern this year?