OK, we’ve all heard the rhetoric by now.  The drought is terrible.  There are more people in need of liquid to drink, clean themselves with, and grow their food than the state of California can support.  Then, there’s dying trees, threatened endangered species,  and even moving mountains,  all attributable to near-unprecedented dryness in the Golden State.

This week, however, we’re going to take a slightly different perspective on the drought.  As reservoirs, lakes, and rivers lower and dry, people living in the midst of drought have a rare historical opportunity: the chance to see previously underwater artifacts uncover.

For example, you may have seen the news stories at the end of October, when a 400-year-old Mexican church saw the first light of day after a forty-year-old reservoir drained.

Lake Mead may be the most famous reservoir in Nevada, and as its water levels have fallen, we’ve gained access to three – that’s right – three Atlantis-like ghost towns.  

And of course, California is no stranger to this re-emerging historical artifact game.  This list includes several low-water finds, including a few towns of our own, and a possible half-century old downed plane.

This week, let’s focus on taking the good with the bad.  Conservation is still important, and water is still too valuable to waste, but during the last gasp of this dry spell before our Godzilla El Nino  kicks in, let’s make the most of our newly unearthed (un-watered?) discoveries and learn a bit more about California’s history.