California drought felt from forests to farms

January 17, 2014 • Business

Hugh Beggs of Santa Rosa, Calif., searches for coins in the middle of the Russian River, Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014 at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, taking advantage of the low 50cfs flows that during a normal winter would run at 1500cfs. In response to the critically dry winter, California Governor Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency for California, Friday Jan. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/ Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement that California is in the midst of an epic drought comes as no surprise to skiers, fishermen and gardeners. With a sparse snowpack and piddling amounts of rain, the signs are everywhere. A few examples:


Last year was the driest in 119 years of records. The Department of Water Resources said that Gasquet Ranger Station in Del Norte County, which averages nearly 100 inches of rain a year, ended the year with only 43.46 inches. Sacramento got 5.74 inches instead of the typical 18 inches, and downtown Login to read more

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