JAY FAMIGLIETTI, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, made a dire warning in March–there is only one year’s worth of water left in the state’s reservoir storage and river basins. Not only that, Famiglietti said, but even nature’s oldest water backup supply–groundwater–could be gone soon after the reservoirs dry up.
Some 38.8 million people live in California–or about one in every eight people in the U.S. population. California also produces many of the food products that make it to people’s tables across the country and the world. So people are rightfully fearful.
The media are filled with advice about how individuals can change their lifestyles and personal habits to help alleviate the water crisis, one gallon at a time. But this avoids the bigger questions about what is causing this drought–and what can be done to improve the situation.