In January, Circle of Blue published its special series, Choke Point: Index, which describes the precarious conditions of water in California and two other iconic American farm regions. The California drought is a story of global significance that is testing the capacity of Californians and their leaders to adjust to rapidly changing hydrological conditions.
Responses to the historic drought are readily available: water conservation, water storage, and water recycling. Are Californian's willing to invest and make the policy changes required for a future that promises to be radically drier?
California’s severe drought is forcing the nation’s largest state to reconcile old assumptions about water supply and management with the reality of long-term drying trends, declining groundwater, and polluted drinking water, according to an expert panel of scientists and journalists convened during a Circle of Blue interactive drought briefing conference call on February 13.