Is the Drought Really that Bad? It Depends on How You Look at it
According to the state's Department of Water Resources, "the mountain snowpack that feeds the state's reservoirs has reached 80% of normal for the date [.doc]," finds the LA Times. "Precipitation in the northern and southern Sierra has climbed above 90% of average and another storm is on the way." This comes after Friday when Governor Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency regarding the drought.
That's a good thing, but the department also threw in this ringer: "So the same level of hydrology [that the state experienced] in 1991 produces more severe impacts," they said alluding to a now larger population, more farmers growing permanent crops and water restrictions on water deliveries from the delta. "That's what spurs us to talk about the potential for the worst drought."