Water is, of course, critical in beef production, but the volume used is commonly overstated.
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In early April 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown stood on a mountainside in the Sierra Nevada range and declared a first-ever set of statewide water restrictions. To drive home the urgency of the situation, Brown made the announcement from a location that dramatically illustrated the lowest Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years. “Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be 5 feet of snow,” he said. “This historic drought demands unprecedented action.”