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California’s drought is not due to climate change, but to human activity

California's drought is not due to climate change, but to human activity

California suffering through driest three years ever recorded, with no relief in sight

State Water Resources Control Board scientists say they have never seen water-level records that are so consistent with climate models.

State scientists in recent years have warned that California’s reservoirs would start to fail — not because of climate change, but because of drought — in the coming years. State officials and the state water board have insisted that new records show otherwise.

In a report released Thursday, the water board concluded that the 2018, 2016 and 2010 record years — the driest three of the past century — were not in drought — but instead, the board said, California’s “very dry year” that year only set record because a flood followed a dry three-year period.

“Drought is a result of both climate change and human activity. When the water supply is constrained, both man and Nature respond, and it’s a mixed bag,” said Michael Peevey, the state water board’s chief of staff.

“We’ve seen this play out over multiple decades, and now we have definitive data, as far as years are concerned, to help better understand how our drought is changing and how we are managing our reservoirs,” Peevey said. “The good news is, for the first time in decades, we can begin to understand drought on a year-to-year basis, and have a better idea of the trends in our record drought.”

The state water board’s report highlights a series of conclusions it has already made about the drought’s severity and its cause.

California’s reservoirs that are used for irrigation, drinking water and drinking water are running low, forcing the state to buy water from other states.

That has led the state to pay billions of dollars to farmers to get an extra 12 percent of their crop for the next year. Officials have also cut off supplies to cities and ordered mandatory water restrictions on residents.

There is no end in sight to the state’s crisis.

Drought isn’t new to California,

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