When discussing the impacts of an environmental crisis, dramatic headlines, bleak statistics, and stark prognostications simply can't do the same justice as powerful visuals.

In regards to the well-publicized and documented drought that has been plaguing California for the past four years, there is perhaps no stronger visual than the one posted to Facebook and YouTube by Sacramento, Calif., resident Ryan Griffith on Sept. 23. The video below shows a compilation of webcam pictures from California's Folsom Lake at a marina called Brown's Ravine. What the time lapse reveals, which his Facebook post says is from March 2015 to August 2015, is a catastrophic drop in lake elevations that is as drastic as it is eye-opening.

Folsom Lake sits roughly 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, and according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, was created with the construction of the Folsom Dam in 1955. The department states that though the dam was primarily built for flood control, it also serves as a massive water storage tank, supplying the region with water for irrigation and domestic purposes.  On June 24, KCRA 3 relayed the news that state water officials believe that by January 2016, Folsom Lake's water volume could be depleted by 96 percent.
The pictures Griffith took might be grainy, but they still pack a punch. According to a comment Griffith made on his own YouTube video below, Griffith says he is "working with the Folsom Lake Marina offering to purchase two new webcams for them so we can get some better footage."

California's groundwater is drying up. California's water tanks like Folsom Lake are running dangerously low. State-mandated conservation efforts are an attempt to slow down the process, and according to Folsom Lake Water Conservation, "continued conservation by all customers is necessary until conditions improve."

Folsom Lake Water Conservation offers several tips and techniques that anyone can use to reduce their water usage. Turning your bathroom water faucet off while you brush your teeth and shave is a simple practice to implement and can save roughly 10 gallons of water a day. They also claim that using organic mulch around plants can save hundreds of gallons a year, while natural lawn fertilizers can offer significant amounts of plant-available water.

Griffith's video is a startling reminder of how real this problem is in California, but the water conservation techniques being applied to California can be applied to anywhere. Folsom Lake is a State Recreation Area (SRA). Outdoor enthusiasts could come here to fish trout, catfish, large- and smallmouth bass or perch, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. How much longer will residents be able to enjoy picnicking or horseback riding with views of the shimmering lake?

Two years ago, the problem was real, but perhaps it wasn't as noticeable.

Looks like a fair amount of water in the lake.

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Now with videos like Griffith's sweeping the web, many people, like Instagram user motomike257s below, are realizing they are only able to enjoy what's left of it.

#prayforrain #raindance

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