How long will this drought last? What is a megadrought? Are we set to see an El Nino situation come Fall as predicted by NOAA?
Well, one thing is for certain, no matter what the theories or debates are, we need to pray for rain and tons of it.
To put this into perspective for you, in 2013 we received less rain than in ANY one year on record since we became a state in 1850.Also, a Bay Area scientist looking at trees says that based on tree ring data, the current rainfall season is on pace to be the driest since 1580..and no, I did not invert those numbers! Did you know that is 150 years before George Washington was even born?!
What does this mean for Santa Barbara?
The County of Santa Barbara has declared a Water Emergency. Even though we are in OK shape to have enough water for this year, we are still in a stage 1 alert mode and are being asked to cut back by 20% usage right now in the City of Santa Barbara. When you consider that 50% of our water usage goes to our landscaping, well then there we have the first place we can all start. Let’s embrace the amber colored blankets of grass as they are far prettier than no shower! We ALL need to help to conserve or next year if rainfall falls short of what is expected, we will be in a much worse situation.
Montecito is currently in the worst water situation of all…
Montecito Water District has declared a Water Shortage Emergency. Residents are being asked to drastically cut back their water usage or there may be no water to pull from come July! This came as a huge shock to me after hearing about a recent meeting with all the water districts in the county. Interesting to note, just 200 people in Montecito use 25% of the water! Sounds to me like they too, will all need to appreciate the amber blankets of grass because if they don’t, the Water District will fine for the first month or so and then it’s water shut off time. With past droughts they would fine and leave it at that. There is no possibility of this happening now since the water resources for Montecito are so limited.
Let’s all conserve and take pride in using less water to feed our landscapes here in Santa Barbara!
For more information on our local Santa Barbara water situation and ways to conserve:
For more information regarding Montecito Water District:
For more information regarding what is predicted for an El Nino in the Fall (let’s hope!):
Ever heard the word megadrought? Here’s the link explaining more about it:
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