California resident, Ryan Griffith really put the severity of the drought into perspective by creating a time lapse video that shows the water levels at Folsom Lake Reservoir dramatically lowering over the course of six months.
“I've been collecting and assembling these since March of 2015 through August 2015 showing the effects of the drought in California is having on our reservoirs,” Griffith wrote on the caption that accompanied the video. “This is from Brown's Ravine / Folsom Lake Marina. Every time I've watched it I've seen something new.”
The video begins with an image of the lake — located about 25 miles north of Sacramento — filled with water and boats but by the end of the time lapse the area is left dry, baron and deserted.
If you were at all skeptical about the seriousness of this drought, this video will definitely take away your doubt and replace it with concern.
A timelapse of #FolsomLake. I've been collecting and assembling these since March of 2015 through August 2015 showing the effects of the drought in California is having on our reservoirs. This is from Brown's Ravine / Folsom Lake Marina. Every time I've watched it I've seen something new (did you see the Sea Plane?). #droughtPosted by Ryan Griffith on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
There is a statewide mandate in place ordered by Governor Jerry Brown for all of California to reduce its water use by 25% but it looks like there is a lot more that needs to be done.
The drought is not only threatening the lives of the state’s human inhabitants, but wildlife and agriculture are in danger as well.
This year we’ve seen Giant Sequoia trees show signs of dying and intense wildfires are occurring more frequently, so much so that Governor Brown declared a state of emergency earlier this month.
Many species of fish are being forced from their homes as the water temperature is not suitable for them to live in, such as the rainbow and steelhead trout that were evacuated from hatcheries last summer.
The future of California's water supply is currently uncertain, but let's just hope for a really wet Winter.