California’s Lake Oroville is at its lowest level since 1977 due to severe drought
Remnants of Golden Age cities are coming to the fore as water levels reach record lows. Historic towns are being burned down, some burned to the ground, as wildfires continue to scare western states.
Officials say it’s a grim reality for one of America’s largest states, and in California, it’s a new normal.
“We need to stop thinking of drought as an emergency that happens only once and we respond to it as a rare event, but recognize that it is becoming the new norm and we need to take care of water management. Attitudes need to change that says we have a new normal now and we have to manage things differently,” Jeanine Jones, California Director of Water Resources’ Interstate Resources Manager, told Granthshala News.
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The remains of old mine shafts, trees and buildings have reappeared in Lake Oroville, one of California’s largest reservoirs. The lake is now at its lowest level since September 1977, the same year California experienced its worst drought.
“It’s a brand new animal,” said Jared Rael.
Rall manages more than a thousand properties on Lake Oroville in Bidwell Canyon Marina. As the water level continues to drop, they have forced people to get out of the water.
Dozens of houseboats now sit on rolling hills overlooking Lake Oroville. Due to the water level exposing the trees that grew before the area was flooded, those houseboats were forced to relocate and had little room to move and the only option was to put them back on land. Was.
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“In a way we see what we’re seeing now in California reflects the expected effects of climate change. The idea that things are getting hotter and drier,” Jones said.
Hot and dry also mean that the risk of wildfire has increased.
“One of the things we definitely see in the summer in these very dry and hot years is the effects of wildfires,” Jones said. “We saw it in the last drought and unfortunately, we’re seeing it again this year.”
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have reported California and several other western states have had the hottest summer on record, just less than .01 degrees from the 1936 Dust Bowl summer.
California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah each reported their hottest summer on record, as did 16 other states with the top five hottest summers on record.
About 60% of the West is experiencing “extremely dry” conditions, and 98.32% of states are experiencing “abnormally dry” conditions.
“I hope we get rain,” Rael said, a statement echoed by many in the West.
According to Jones, the rainy season is expected to begin at or around the winter months.