Water Shortage And Its Effects On The State Of Emergency Essay

1724 Words May 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Practical access to freshwater is essential to not only life, but also the economy and society 's ability to function. As of January 17, 2014, and to this day, California has been in a perpetual state of emergency; the worst drought recorded in the state’s history has forced Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr to take executive action, in order to combat the extraordinary lack of water reserves. If left unregulated, the water shortage could culminate as one of the greatest calamities in California history. Not only would California’s agricultural industry collapse, a chain reaction would be set off, causing a halt of the state’s economy and eventually leaving millions of people across the state without functional access to water. In order to ensure that California will not have to endure the catastrophic consequences of this unprecedented drought, the government must prioritize strict groundwater management regulation as a means of controlling the water supply. The drought has pressed California’s government to take drastic, never before seen measure to conserve water supplies. In his State of Emergency proclamation, Governor Brown conceded that the drought had dangerous effects on California’s water supply: the state’s water supplies have dipped to alarming levels, indicated by: snowpack in California’s mountains is approximately 20 percent of the normal average for this date; California’s largest water reservoirs have very low water levels for this time of year; California’s…

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