Drought Help - California
Drought is a normal, recurrent
feature of climate. It occurs almost everywhere, although its features vary
from region to region. Droughts in California typically
occur gradually over several years. California’s
extensive water supply system can mitigate the effects of short-term dry
periods, however California’s dependence
on water for agriculture, industry, and recreation makes drought planning an
When a drought occurs the impacts are felt first
by those most reliant on annual rainfall – farmers and ranchers. With more
than 10 million acres of cropland and 30 million acres of rangeland, even a
mild drought can have widespread effects. The Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) offers free technical and financial assistance to farmers and
ranchers, as well as forest owners and communities, to help them conserve
their natural resources.
How Can NRCS Help You?
NRCS can help you with your water, land or crop management concerns through
the development of a conservation plan. Conservation plans can include drought
planning and are free. Being prepared for a drought and creating a plan will
allow you to continue your operation even in the most severe conditions.
NRCS Can Help You...
- Improve irrigation
- Reduce evaporation
- Restore wetlands
- Restore grasslands
- Choose drought resistant plants
- Improve water quality
- Create buffers
- Build water storage
- Retain soil moisture
- Restore rangeland
- Reduce runoff
- Reduce wildfire threat
For more information on
drought in California visit the following Web sites or contact the California
State NRCS Office at 430 G Street Davis, California, 95616 - (530) 792-5600.
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