By  Matthew, Hector, Julian, and Andy

Have you ever really thought about how bad this horrid drought affects us? California’s four year drought has many  affects on us, and I’m here to tell you what they are. To start it off, it’s affect on people is huge. When it comes to trying to share water, it’s pretty hard. When it comes to farms, it’s even harder. Farms, of course, need water. Farms need water to feed animals and grow crops such as almonds, corn, broccoli, lettuce, etc. Also, due to this drought, there’s less snowpack, which means that there will be less melting snow that seeps into our reservoirs and lakes. So, less water in our reservoirs means we have less water for agricultural use, resulting in a higher cost in food. California produces more than ⅔  of America’s fruit and nuts and more than ⅓ of America’s vegetables. The extreme drought is affecting our farmlands and food supply.

Rain-ChartThe California drought not only affects agriculture and people, it is also drastically affecting our forests, animals and wildlife. Around 12 million trees have died in the forest habitat, which has also damaged living conditions for small animals that live in the woody areas. A lot of animals have picked up and moved to other areas in order to find food and water. Lack of water is also causing animals such as Black Bears, coyotes and mountain lions to look for food and water in suburban neighborhoods. The drought is also increasing the number of devastating wildfires, which also contributes to the loss of animal habitats.

In conclusion, the drought issue is complex and there is no simple solution. From people and plants, to forests and animals, we are all connected. Everyone needs to work together and do their part to conserve as much as possible. We have to protect our land, or crops and our animals.

Tips to Conserve Water:

  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
  • Turn off the sink when washing dishes
  • Fix leaky faucets and pipes
  • Choose water-saving faucets, shower heads, dishwashers and washing machines
  • If you have to wash your car, take it to a carwash that recycles water.