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Drought of 1976-77, Central Valley, California

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Published by Natural Resource Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Washington, D.C .
Written in English


  • Droughts -- California -- Central Valley.,
  • Droughts -- California -- Central Valley.

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Statementby Daniel G. Piper.
SeriesERS staff report -- no. AGES 820624., NRE staff report
ContributionsUnited States. Dept. of Agriculture. Natural Resource Economics Division.
The Physical Object
Paginationvi, 81 p. :
Number of Pages81
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL15301168M

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California Drought: Historical Perspective. On Janu , California State Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of April 2, , Governor Brown lifted the drought emergency, but declared that California must continue water conservation the official conclusion of the most recent drought, which spanned water years through , it is   California is one of the’ western states hit hardest by the drought in and The water shortage affected its urban, industrial, and agricultural sectcrs, especially its agricultural Central Valley. California provides about 10 percent of the Nation’s agricultural out- 2 days ago  In California, for instance, droughts led to creation of the Central Valley Project, the State Water Project, the urban conservation movement, and the Drought Emergency Water Bank. The direct and indirect costs of drought total more than $9 billion a year in the United States alone, and that expense is set to rise as droughts become more Michelle Sneed, a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, says that parts of California’s Central Valley are dropping by one foot each year, with some areas being 10 feet lower than they used

  Throughout history, California has experienced many droughts, such as , , , –, –, –, –, –, –, and – As the most populous state in the United States and a major agricultural producer, drought in California can have a severe economic as well as environmental impact.. Drought may be due solely to, or found in By Peter Gleick, President Janu The California drought continues. While we do not know yet what the rest of the wet season will bring – and while we hope for the major storms needed to recharge our rivers, groundwater and reservoirs – it seems increasingly likely that California will not see enough precipitation to get out of the very deep deficit that three years of drought   Every time California drains its aquifers during a drought, it makes the next drought even worse. The late Joseph Poland, a legendary hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey who helped develop many of today’s scientific theories of groundwater and subsidence, discovered that during the California drought of , groundwater levels California, Nevada HA B Preview and download Central Valley aquifer system figures--(71 such as that of ­ The Central Valley is bounded on the west by the Coast Ranges and on the east by the Cascade Range and the Sierra Nevada. during the ­77 drought, ground-water withdrawals increased markedly, and water levels

California is no stranger to drought; it is a recurring feature of our climate. We recently experienced the 5-year event of , and other notable historical droughts included , , , and off-and-on dry conditions spanning more than a decade in the s and :// The drought of was longer and accumulated a larger deficiency in runoff. The drought of was more intense and had greater annual deficiencies in runoff. California's most recent drought began over most of the State in and is still in progress at the time of this writing (July ).   Predictable California dry spells -- like those of , and -- more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean ://   The West without Water documents the tumultuous climate of the American West over twenty millennia, with tales of past droughts and deluges and predictions about the impacts of future climate change on water resources. Looking at the region's current water crisis from the perspective of its climate history, the authors ask the central question of what is normal climate for the West, and