The Effects of Aridification in the West, and How to Join the Solution

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There’s a good chance that you already know how the 100-degree heat feels against your skin. You know what heat waves look like as they dance across the pavement.  

 

While it’s easy to see—and feel—how you are affected by the California drought in the short term, the long-term impact of the aridification of the West can be pretty serious. As you read below, learn the long-term effects of an increasingly dry climate and how you can make a measurable and positive impact on the water situation near you.  

Be Aware of the Long-Term Effects of Aridification  

While some of these effects may seem extreme, we believe that it’s important to be aware of the long-term effects of California aridification. When you’re equipped with the information, you can better understand how your actions help or hinder the solution.   

Increased temperatures  

Have you ever taken a walk in the woods and felt the noticeable temperature change when you walk between the shade of a tree and the parking lot pavement? Simply stated: a good canopy of trees is the best way to decrease temperatures and keep us cool.  

Growth of food  

An extremely dry climate cannot support the growth of food. A drought in California may mean that the land isn’t able to support the demand for foods like lettuce, almonds, or tomatoes, all commonly grown in the Central Valley of California. When we can’t grow food in the region, both the demand and the price increase.   

Intensified climate change  

Since trees capture CO2 and return oxygen into the atmosphere, aridification speeds up existing concern of climate change and the intensified weather patterns that come along with it.  

Soil Erosion 

When a climate becomes increasingly arid over time, it’s unable to support the growth of trees. Underground, a trees intertwined root system holds soil together and prevents erosion. When it does rain, this puts places like California at higher risk for flood damage.    

Migration of animals 

Trees provide a home to thousands of species across the Western United States. When those habitats no longer exist, the animals become extinct or are forced to move to another location.  

You can be a part of the solution.  

So, what can you do to help? How do you conserve water during California drought? 

Tip #1 

Pay attention to how the drought changes over time. This gradient map show where each state is affected the most.  

Tip #2 

Stay up to date with California drought regulations and adhere to the latest water restrictions in both your state and local community, by visiting California Water Boards’ website. You can find the latest information and connect to financial assistance to make water conservation easier for you.  

Tip #3 

Measure your water usage with a bluebot smart water meter. With bluebot, you can make smart decisions about your water and have the peace of mind to know that you’re making a difference.    

 

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