“California is a nice place to visit, but soon no one may be able to live there.” – Dr. Glen Barry
California’s drought has reached unprecedented levels, the worst in recorded history. There has been a state of emergency since January 2014. The state’s mountain snowpack – which provides 30% of California’s water – is at the lowest level in at least 500 years, 5% of its usual water content. Parts of the state have a four-year precipitation deficit of more than 70 inches. One estimate is that 20% of the California’s forest trees are sick or have died from the drought. In recent months, two of the most destructive wildfires in state history have raged across Northern California, and over 1 million acres have burned.