New legislation could help minimize the risk, but it's not enough.
While Californians hope for rain, it remains crucial for the state to improve its long-term water management. Here are some steps to take right now.
Businesses' entire license to operate could be at risk. Despite this growing pressure, there are currently no adequate means to evaluate, quantify and benchmark corporate performance (or failure) on water management.
For years, I've maintained that education, not government-sanctioned coercion, would be the best way to help us live within our water means. I don't believe that now.
Water problems are a complex mix of natural resource, technology, social, economic and political conditions. When water is limited during extreme events such as droughts, society puts in place a variety of responses. But many of the actions taken in recent years have actually increased the vulnerability of other systems.
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The Bureau of Reclamation says the reservoir is just 39 percent full.
While the relative merits of several important water plans are being actively written and debated, it is abundantly clear that the key to making any of them a success is that we must change the way we view water in California.