Friday, June 13 2014, 09:54 PM CDT
Drought task force team visits Siskyou County
By Molly Trotter/KTVL.COM
MONTAGUE, Calif-- Water is a key component of life and on the West Coast, it's scare resource in Northern California.
In Montague, Calif., locals are feeling the pressure to conserve water as best they can since they only have two months of water left before using outside resources.
Out on the farms, ranchers are having to sell their heards, which will take several years to build back up, because they don't have enough water to keep their livestock.
The hit on the economy will cause a spike in prices for products like hay, beef and root vegetables.
The government state drought task force teams this is one of several meetings that plan to have in Siskyou County to make sure there is enough drinking water at the very least to go around.
ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE... AS OF MAY... ROUGHLY 38 PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY IS IN A DROUGHT... WITH MOST OF THAT AREA HERE ON THE WEST COAST.
RON QUIGLEY WORKS FOR SISKYOU COUNTY AND SAYS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS...
THEY HAVE SEEN A SIGNIFICANT LACK OF WATER... BUT THIS YEAR HAS BEEN BY FAR THE WORST.
"Dwinell resivor is sitting at five thousand acre feet of water and this time of year it's about 33 thousand acre feet"
ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CONSERVE WATER...
AND FOR THE LOCALS IN MONTAGUE... COUNTY LEADERS SAY IF WATER IS NOT USED WISELY... RESIDENTS AND RANCERS WILL BE FACING EVEN BIGGER PROBLEMS THIS SUMMER.
"the fact that we don't have water for 4H and livestock, ranchers are liquidating their heards which will take several years to build back and that's a huge part of out community"
KAREN ROSS-- THE SECRETARY OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULITURE SAYS PRODUCTS LIKE HAY-- BEEF-- AND ROOT VEGETABLES WILL HAVE A HIGHER PRICE TAG...
FORCING TWO BILLION DOLLARS DOWN THE LOCAL ECONOMY'S DRAIN.
TAKING THAT INTO CONSIDERATION... THE GOVERNOR OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES MADE IT'S FIFTH STOP THROUGH- OUT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO MAKE SURE ALL PARTIES DEALING WITH THE DROUGHT HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD.
"hearing from their perspective. agriculture, environment, safety and see if we can see gaps and take those gaps to the greater task force to close those gaps as best we can "
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