Wednesday July 13, 2022

The Hill

There are 40 states that are currently experiencing some form of drought, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Drought Monitor.  

The most severe drought conditions are in the Western part of the country in states like Texas, California and Arizona, where the extreme heat and lack of rainfall has caused water levels at Lake Mead to recede so much at least two human skeletons and a sunken WW2 era vessel have been found in parts of the now-exposed bottom.  

Americans living in states not affected by drought conditions should still be concerned since a stressed water supply in one area can have a ripple effect on neighboring states or large swaths of the country, according to Jonathan London, associate professor of human ecology at the University of California, Davis.  

“What happens in one state affects many others both in terms of food and in infrastructure,” said London. 

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