The Drought Is Bringing Big Changes To California

On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown ordered for “weeping and unprecedented measures to save water in California.” That same say, a survey found that snowpack, which supplies about one third of the California’s water, almost completely vanished. Researchers discovered the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years. This marks a fourth consecutive year of vanishing snow that California depends on. We count on that snowfall to melt into our rivers and replenish reservoirs.

You know what they say about the grass being greener on the other side? Governor Brown assures that nobody’s grass is going to be green! According to CBS Sacramento, he said “We’re in a new era; the idea of your nice little green grass getting water every day, that’s going to be a thing of the past.” Brown has ordered for water usage to be cut down 25%. Statewide mandatory water restrictions and expand programs are being implemented to combat the drought. Places like cemeteries and golf courses are cutting back, while local governments will tear out 50 million square feet of lawns for drought-tolerant plants. Customers will actually get money for replacing “old water-sucking appliances” with better ones under a temporary rebate program.

Brown says “We have to pull together and save water in every way we can.”

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