California’s reservoirs: water levels way down, ‘real trouble’ if 2014 is dry

October 28th, 2013 | by Ian James | Comments

While water agencies in the California desert are considering ways to keep groundwater levels from falling further, many reservoirs are dwindling across the state.

The Fresno Bee this week reports on the dire situation of the state’s reservoirs, which rely heavily on snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. The article explains how two dry winters have hit reservoirs from Shasta Lake to San Luis Reservoir. It also includes a helpful graphic illustrating how far water levels have fallen.

Mark Cowin, the director of the state Department of Water Resources, said that although the state hasn’t declared a drought, it’s time to start thinking about ways to boost water conservation in the coming year. In his words, “we are now facing real trouble if 2014 is dry.”

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