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Highway 39 Drought

Updated on February 13, 2017

With all the rain we have been getting things are getting better


San Gabriel River

This picture was taken on August 31, 2014, Near the East Fork bridge and Highway 39.
This picture was taken on August 31, 2014, Near the East Fork bridge and Highway 39.

Where has all the water gone?

I live in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa, California. I feel lucky to live so close to nature. However the resent drought has changed our landscape. I know from being a resident of California that drought conditions are just par for the course. When I lived in Sacramento, to me water rationing just called for shorter shower, brown lawn and an excuse not to wash my car. Living where I do now, my feelings about the lack of water in our state has became more intense. When I was taking these pictures I almost wanted to cry. It is hard to see such devastating conditions and not be able to do anything about it. If my tears could fill the river I would start watching sad movies right now. What I can do is share what this drought is doing in my part of the world.

The river is nothing more than a creek

Near the San Gabriel Reservoir, looking North towards East Fork Road.
Near the San Gabriel Reservoir, looking North towards East Fork Road.

South side of the San Gabriel Dam

Travelling towards Azusa, California down Highway 39

The North side of the San Gabriel Dam

Azusa Canyon

Drought Situation

It looks a little better on the south side of the San Gabriel Dam. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, my little part of California is experiencing Extreme Drought conditions at this time. There is one more level of drought which is Exceptional Drought. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor most of California is in the highest level of drought, Exceptional Drought.

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Closing thoughts

Things are looking bad throughout the state of California. In Central California, there just isn't enough water to keep the crops alive. Many farmers have no choice but to not plant crops or plow under their orchards. Here in Azusa Canyon, I believe that the biggest danger we face is wild fire. The little community I live in has never burned. Well that is what I am told whenever there is a fire. In the six years that I have lived here I have had to evacuate twice because of fire. It concerns me more than a little that the water the brave fire fighters use to put out the flames up here come from the San Gabriel Reservoir. Even if we have a very wet winter, it will not help the drought in California. We will need several years of substantial rainy seasons to recover from this drought. Until the we all need to conserve water. I would also ask that when you visit any National Forest you be mindful of the fire danger.


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      Mark Tulin 3 years ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Good article on drought in Calif. I live in Central Cali and am feeling it. I also think there should be more aggressive water restrictions here. Water is precious and wasting it effects everyone, not the least of which is the farmers. Thanks