Will California recover from the dry drought?
California Governor Jerry Brown makes one thing clear: "Saving water must remain a part of life." But the greatest misery in his state seems to be over. A few days ago Brown declared the record drought over. Previously, weeks of rain had replenished the drinking water reservoirs.
The American Southwest suffered severe drought for five years. 2014, 2015, and 2016 were the warmest on average in California. The heat destroyed 100 million trees, many wild animals died of thirst, and farmers suffered from crop losses.
That damage would be felt in California for a long time, said Governor Brown. But now the environment is recovering - thanks to the rain.
See before and after pictures of the natural disaster here:
There is hardly a place where the change is as evident as at the Oroville reservoir. In mid-August 2014, the water level there reached its lowest level to date, the reservoir was only one third full. The lake can now be seen again.
In the meantime it even rained so heavily that the dam near Oroville threatened to burst in February 2017. 180,000 people had to leave their homes for a short time. In the meantime, the situation has eased again.
With the heat, there has been a high risk of forest fires in recent years. The dried up vegetation has now recovered from the rain and the fire hazard has largely been averted.
California's wildlife also suffered from the water shortage. Farmers had to adhere to strict quotas for irrigating their fields. Now one wants to learn from the extreme situation: The California government passed a plan to avoid water waste in the future and to make the water supply fit for climate change.
The view from Bernal Heights Park of the San Francisco skyline was pretty bleak in 2014. Now the place is again a beautiful photo opportunity.
Folsom Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains had only reached its lowest point in October 2016. Boat docks had fallen completely dry. Half a year later, ships are sailing on the lake again.
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