California officials have opened the spill gates at Folsom Lake, located in Northern California and let precious water spill into the American River as a precaution against–flooding!
A series of El Niño-influenced storms in the month of March have made a significant dent on California’s severe drought. But don’t get too overly excited about watering your lawns on a daily basis just yet. State officials say it is still far too early to declare the drought over, especially given that the rains seem to have focused on Northern California, while Southern California has seen comparatively little rain.
Although the state’s reservoir and snowpack levels are on the rise, both key sources of water for the state, officials still urge the public to continue being drought-conscious and saving as much water as possible .
In an effort to continue spreading awareness regarding the state’s drought, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) in Newport Beach, Ca., is hosting its Youth Art Exhibit during its annual Spring Faire on May 15. Youths ages 4 – 18 from all across Southern California, will have the opportunity to exhibit their “Drought” art from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. The art must address any of the issues or solutions relating to the drought including but not limited to global climate change, population growth, landscaping with drought tolerant native plants, and water conservation.
The young artists will have the opportunity to win a plethora of prizes ranging from a $50 gift card to the Art Supply Warehouse to art supplies from Saddleback College Fashion Program.
For more information visit encenter.org – Alejandro Reynoso, ENC Communications Intern