On December 20, 2011, officials made the proclamation that California had entered a drought. On March 14 of this year, after seven long years, the state is officially out of that drought.
with the heavy and lasting precipitation this winter, the landscape of California has seen a revival of epic proportions. Flowers are blooming, reservoirs are full and fire concerns seem less problematic following devastating and deadly wildfires.
Just three months ago, around 75 percent of the state was still in a drought. But with historic snowfall in February and consistent precipitation throughout the winter, a vast improvement was made to the water saturation of lands and water levels of reservoirs.
From dried up lakes to unstable wildlife to dead lawns, the drought had significant impact on the region. But the impact was felt through the devastation of many Northern California communities through wildfires. In October of 2017, the Tubbs fire became the deadliest fire in California’s history. Just over a year later, the Camp Fire broke nearly every wildfire record in California’s history.
Of course, we sit in the middle of our water year and anything can happen. But at this very moment, many of the water concerns in the state feel less dire.