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How California Is Preparing For This Year's Extreme Drought

Drought Lake Oroville
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In May 2021, water levels of Lake Oroville dropped to 38% of capacity.

Most of California is diving headfirst into another extreme drought. Are we more prepared this time?

As California emerges out of nearly a year-and-a half of a global pandemic, we are entering into another crisis: drought. Nearly three quarters of the state is in extreme drought.

The snow-pack is almost gone and some local counties have started imposing mandatory water restrictions. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the state’s longest running drought officially ended less than 5 years ago.

In this interview, we talk about lessons learned and what we can expect going forward.

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