Common on news headlines are stories of hurricanes and storms, all causing massive flooding. But with all these events aside, we tend to forget other environmental issues present, one issue being the drought. Currently, the droughts affects the areas of the western states, upper east states, and southern states. But most prominent, is the severe drought issues present in the central valley of California. When looking at the issue of droughts, we must look at the different ways it is perceived. The Meteorological drought is when rainfall is below average. The agricultural drought is based upon water use related to crops. The drought issue is seen more of an creeping issue, rather than an immediate issue, which is why it is often ignored. But for this case, ignorance is not bliss, as drought monitors show our home, the central valley is a D3/D4 area. Drought monitors are created weekly by the collaboration of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration & the U.S. Department of Agriculture, while using all aspects of the water cycle (rainfall, hydrology, vegetation conditions, soil moisture) to make the monitor. Upon seeing how the drought affects where you live, the importance is to create an individualized plan of how to limit water usuage and look into how the drought will affect you in the future.
The article shows importance as the central valley is depicted in a severe drought (D3/D4). Steps to help limit water have included certain watering days for homes. But yet, many living in the central valley tend to overlook the issue of the drought, as their reasoning includes "there is still water available". Yes, water may be available, but it is limited and there is a great importance to act now and help save water because when the water is gone, it will be too late to act now.