We've all heard of global warming, the ozone layer and the importance of recycling. In Pixar's movie Wall-E, there was too much garbage to recycle, it started to pollute the earth and in doing so, it affected the earth's water supply. So human beings in the movie left earth and took residence in outer space. The founding of a plant gave them hope that life was still living on earth. The plant source of life was water because water is life.
According NASA, California has one year of water supply left and this can affect the state of California greatly. Jay Famiglietti who is a senior scientist at NASA reported that California is in a serious drought. And since 2011, California has been losing 12 million acre feet of water every year.
In a published article by the Los Angeles Times, Jay Famiglietti expressed how even with the rain and snow, there has not been any improvements nor any sign of relief.
"As our 'wet' season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows."
Famiglietti stated, California's massive drought is affecting its rivers, creeks and lakes. The water supply in them are receding and in some of those areas, they will become land.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture have gotten involved and are trying to find corrective solutions to restore California's water supply. Famiglietti faults California officials for neglecting the issue which could of been solved if they had intervened earlier. He explained California's back up water supply is declining as well.
"Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing."
The lack of water supply in California will affect climate changes in Western states according to scientists and their researches from Cornell and Columbia University. These climate changes can last for over 50 to 100 years.
Jay Famiglietti emphasized on the importance to monitor California groundwater supply and limit its use for agriculture, in order to conserve water.
Hmmm, all we can say is pray for rain, a lot of it.