Before wildfires struck earlier this year in northern California, the state already was struggling to provide housing for a growing population. Now, following the Camp Fire in Butte County, as well as four others in the past 14 months, thousands of Californians who lost their homes can find nowhere to live.
Groundwater is an essential resource around the world and researchers once believed it was almost limitless. But new research shows it may be scarcer than previously thought.
Because California’s groundwater is becoming increasingly critical as drought becomes more common in the state, the next administration should make sustaining it a top priority, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.
Factoring in living costs, nearly 20 percent of Californians were living below the poverty line in 2015, 2016 and 2017, making the state the poorest in the country. The national average of Americans living in poverty those same years was 14 percent.
An estimated 1.4 million Americans lost their water service in 2016, according to a nonprofit organization that advocates for affordable and safe food and water.