California is well into its 5th year of drought and the effects are being felt in many ways. Wells are going dry, wildfires are burning more erratically, and trees are dying by the millions. The US Geological Survey says:
- The time period of June 2015-May 2016 has been the 3rd warmest on record for California. California saw 2015 as the warmest year on record.
- On January 17, 2014 California State Governor, Jerry Brown, declared a drought state of emergency.
- On May 9, 2016, California State Governor, Jerry Brown issued an order to continue water savings as drought persists.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the El Niño event of 2015-16 has dissipated and has opened the door to its opposite: a La Niña.
The drought messages continue: conserve, reduce, reuse and find innovative ways to save. Cal OES enlisted pro skateboarding champ Nyjah Huston to help connect the message to California’s youth via two public service announcements. Huston was a natural choice considering his own experience with water, or a lack thereof. As a young boy he lived in a home that didn’t have drinking water so he had to hand carry it from its source. Nowadays, Nyjah has his own non-profit, Let It Flow, that repairs broken wells in Africa, and teaches locals how to fix them after the Let It Flow teams have returned home. Watch the PSA below, and explore the links for additional information on the drought and Let It Flow.