Feb 20, 2014 8:28 PM
A forum today on the severity of California's drought situation comes a day after Governor Brown proposed nearly $700 million dollars in drought relief.
The California drought outlook forum brought together panels of experts and stakeholders in Sacramento.
American Water Works representative Lisa Maddaus said we're on the verge of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.
She’s in favor of collective solutions, but said we're running out of time for rain to come. That could prove costly.
“If we don't get rain in the next two to three months, which is about 25% of our weather season remaining, then we could have epic demands on the order of $40 plus billion if you took today's dollars to the $12 billion (in damage) we experienced in 1977,” Maddaus said.
Maddaus lives in Folsom, where Folsom Lake, a major surface-level water source for the state is very low.
But of the three major ones, Folsom, Shasta, and closer to home, Lake Oroville…Oroville may be suffering the most, said one expert. He said there’s been less snow pack, which means less water.
“It's looking pretty bleak, NOAA representative Pete Fickenscher said. “We’re looking for rain in the next week to give us a good bump.”