The Drought of California

Saving America's Golden State

The Drought

"They entered the valley, and passed the roads that went

Trackless, the houses blown open, their cellars creaking

And lined with the bottles that held their breath for years.

They passed the fields where the trees dried thin as hat racks

And the plow’s tooth bit the earth for what endured.

But what continued were the wind that plucked the birds spineless

And the young who left with a few seeds in each pocket,

Their belts tightened on the fifth notch of hunger—

Under the sky that deafened from listening for rain."

-The Drought, Gary Soto

Setting the Record Straight: Part One

If you aren't living in California, chances are, you have not felt the impact of a drought. Your water isn't being restricted, and bottles of water are not considered a golden commodity. Meanwhile, in California, the drought plaguing America's Golden State has been relentless. Water is at an all time low- something California hasn't experienced in seventy years; since the days of the Great Depression's Dust Bowl. "With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in January and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages," ( What started as a small drought has turned into a state-wide crisis. What we don't want to happen is ignore the problem and have it become a national crisis. "California is entering the fourth year of a record-breaking drought creating an extremely parched landscape," (California's Drought).
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1.) Hernandez-Zarate, Rocio. "How Some Homeowners Are Prevented from Conserving Water -" CAdroughtcom. Wordpress, 06 July 2015. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

2.) Nicholson, Lucy. "California's Drought." CBSNews. CBS Interactive, n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.