All Dry on the Western Front

The California Drought: what's causing it and what we can do

California Drought: Causes

The devastating drought that is now entering it's fourth year is the direct result of man-made climate change. A recent scientific study by Stanford University linked greenhouse gas emissions to the drought. These emissions have created the perfect atmosphere for the "Really Resilient Ridge". The "Triple R" is a massive ridge of air over the Pacific Ocean that has been pushing storm clouds away from California, keeping precipitation levels dangerously low.
Stanford scientists explain the state of California's drought

Evidence and Effect on California

What You Can Do

Californians need to use the dwindling water supply wisely, and because of this, they must practice good water conservation techniques. Here are some ideas the average Californian can put into place:

  • Install a higher efficiency washing machine and only wash full loads
  • Take shorter showers! Time yourself to make sure you aren't wasting water
  • Do you have a lawn? Get rid of it! Instead of watering the grass, why not xeriscape and plant plants more suitable to California's hotter and drier climate
  • Water your plants in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation and ineffective watering due to wind
  • Install water saving faucets and shower heads

Practicing these water saving techniques can save as much as 500 gallons of water a week!

Name: Claudia Baker