Drone photos reveal the shocking truth of California's parched landscape | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Drone photos reveal the shocking truth of California's parched landscape

As the West descends deeper into drought, climate and water experts are growing increasingly alarmed by California’s shriveling reservoirs.

Boat slips lay stranded on dry land as water levels recede at drought-stricken Folsom Lake. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)© (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) Boat slips lay stranded on dry land as water levels recede at drought-stricken Folsom Lake. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Photos of Lake Oroville, Folsom Lake, Trinity Lake and Lake Shasta, taken by Times photographer Brian van der Brug using a drone, unveil the harsh reality of the Golden State's not-so-golden drought.

On Wednesday, Lake Shasta — the largest reservoir in the state — held a scant 1.55 million acre-feet of water, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, or about 34% of its capacity. Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center, said “everybody should be concerned” by what they’re seeing.

“The reservoir levels we’re looking at are near-record low, with all the prospects that they will actually be record low by the end of the summer,” he said. “The mountains are dried out. The sponge is completely dry.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess California was too busy catering to illegal immigrants to bother managing their resources!

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