The drought in California last week hit historic proportions when California Governor Jerry Brown ordered cities and towns to cut water use by 25 percent in an unprecedented mandate. The Sierra Nevada mountains recorded the lowest amount of snow ever, leading to the mandatory water restrictions. Residents will need to change their daily habits which may also alter the look of their landscape.

By Leanne Burden Seidel

Dry cracked earth is visible on the dry Guadalupe Creek on April 3, in San Jose, Calif. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought and the state’s snowpack is at record lows, little water runoff is reaching reservoirs and recharge ponds that capture water and that percolates through the soil to replenish underground aquifers.
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