California’s water shortage problem may have been just a business venture. In March 2014, NASA revealed shocking news about how California has about a year of stored water. The news though did not come as a startling revelation for many, considering the fact that California has long been suffering from almost four years of drought.
The question after NASA’s assumption was, what to do next? California’s population is quite huge and it is dependent on agriculture. Many people are concerned if the drought situation is a made up propaganda or a real and natural event.
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The history of the American West suggests that the region has long been suffering from dry spells throughout the years and this has led to the formation of water rights to ensure these regions get water from other states in such times but there has never been such a severe drought in the past 500 years.
The Water Levels Now
According to NASA’s Jay Famiglieti who works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is also a professor of Earth Science at the Caltech University stated that the total amount of water that is stored at the Sacramento and San Joaquin River was 34 million acres below the normal amount in 2014. That amounts to nearly 1.5 times the water capacity of Lake Mead which is America’s largest reservoir of water. According to NASA all of this could be avoided with proper decision making but California chose to ignore the crisis.