Drought brings hard times to coastal California

Nov 16, 2014 1:02 PM by News Staff

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - California's chronic drought is causing hardships for residents and farmers on the coast south of San Francisco.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that many of the creeks and wells that provide water to small farms and homes in southern San Mateo County have gone dry.

As a result, residents are going without showers, leaving their land fallow and renting property elsewhere for their livestock to graze. The local farm bureau says most of the several hundred growers in the area known for its brussel sprouts, artichokes and pumpkins have cut production and taken big losses.

The Chronicle says twice as many well-drilling permits have been issued in the county this year as desperate property owners seek new water sources.

According to the National Weather Service, rainfall in Half Moon Bay has been 38 percent of normal in 2014.

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