By Mark Biddlecomb,Western Region Director of Ducks Unlimited, and David J. Guy, president of the Northern California Water Association
As we all know, California is in the midst of a drought of historic proportions. Snowpack levels are at the lowest levels ever recorded. Reservoir levels are significantly lower than average and the prospect of significant rain and snow is nil at this point in the year.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in January 2014 and in April of this year mandated towns and cities reduce their water use by an average of 25 percent.
Much has been said about this historic mandate, the first of its kind in California history. One assertion that is routinely made, but that is quite misleading, is that agriculture and the environment were not included and therefore are untouched. While it?s true the governor?s mandate did focus on urban uses, it was not widely reported that the water supplies for agriculture and the environment had already been cut significantly throughout the state.
Read more here: The Record, July 16, 2015