Frank Maurer operates a flower farm in Yolo County between Davis and Woodland. He sells daffodils and other flowers at the Farmer's Market in Downtown Sacramento on Sundays.
"In one to two, three weeks I'm getting what I would've had in two to three months because they're all coming on all together," he says. "So I'm getting now daffodils coming early when they would just be starting. I've got daffodils all over the place mixed with narcissus which should be finished. So as a business it's a killer."
Meanwhile, many nursery owners who were hit hard in previous droughts now worry they'll suffer a similar fate as water districts limit or ban outdoor watering.
Last year, California saw everything from intense drought to torrential rain. Researchers and water agencies say that the future of the state’s drought depends on adapting to these shifts.
As the drought dries up California’s wetlands, traveling birds such as ducks, geese and eagles are struggling to survive and breed. “This drought is bad. The odds are against us,” a state expert said.
Drought resilience depends on location but also extraordinary engineering — determining which California places are running out of water this year and which remain in good shape.
About 4,300 users were issued notices to halt diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Experts say the current drought is hotter and drier than previous ones, meaning water is evaporating faster.
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