"It's a pretty dire situation," said Strobel.
The snowpack is crucial for managing California's water supply, especially for irrigating farms. In some locations, precipitation levels have been normal, but it has come as rain rather than snow. "It can really throw a wrench in the gears for farms," said Strobel.
Polls have shown that Californians are worried about both the long- and short-term effects of the drought. A recent survey from the Public Policy Institute of California said that 66 percent of adults don't think their area of the state is doing enough. Sixty-nine percent of respondents in that poll said they were worried that the amount of water in their area a decade from now would be "somewhat inadequate" or "very inadequate."
To date, however, most residents have said they prefer voluntary cuts in water use to government-ordered rationing, with 34 percent saying mandatory measures should be taken in a Field Poll released in February.
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