What do salmon, wine, and a historic mine have in common?

The state's drought causes good and bad

The drought has been a hot topic throughout California - but its effects are more than the dry heat that people expect. It causes good and bad depending where you are, if you drink wine, or if you're a fish out of luck.

Advocates for keeping the salmon alive are back and forming a coalition, pleading the government to transfer the fish from its current spot to one that is deeper and more suitable for keeping the fish alive. 

Opponents say that would probably help the fish's chance of survival, but would also affect thousands of jobs if they don't return to the hatchery. 

While the fish are impacted by the drought, wineries everywhere are also experiencing a lack of water. The wine industry does not necessarily need much water for the vines, but the foliage and plant vegetation around them do. 

Without much water the vines have stopped growing, forcing the grape vines to dig deeper into the dirt for water. The vines' deprivation of water may prove to give its wine products a better taste, but with their stunt in growth, there may not be much wine to taste. 

Although the water crisis is causing problems for both salmon and wine, there is light at the end of the tunnel for one aspect of the drought. 

The low lake levels have revealed the long-hidden remains of a historic mine that produced copper, silver, and even gold for nearly 100 years, at Lake Don Pedro in Tuolumne county. 

The Eagle Shawmut Mine opened back in 1850 and finally closed in 1947. This sudden treasure is attracting many visitors who are traveling to see where many of them had had relatives work there in the olden days. 

Apparently, there is also a mansion and railroad track at the bottom of the lake, although the drought conditions would have to completely worsen in order for those antics to come into view. 

 

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