- We're not out of the woods yet. We'd need rain — like we had last week — every other day through May to get us back to our typical water supply, says California's Drought Task Force. (San Jose Mercury News)
- This before-and-after shot of California's drought puts the crisis into human scale. (Business Insider)
- Folks in India and China are crazy for California-grown almonds. Now they're looking at higher prices because of the drought. (The Diplomat)
- Kate Galbraith in The Daily Beast compares California's drought to the last dry spell in Texas. Three years later the Lone Star State still hasn't fully recovered.
Water affects everything, as it turns out. Air pollution gets worse during drought; in California the problem is soot, and in Texas it was ozone. School athletic fields become dry and cracked, creating difficult choices between watering the grass and risking injury to kids. Homeowners associations come under fire for requiring residents to keep their lawns green. Scrutiny of water-intensive practices like fracking rise. Controversy over endangered species increases, and the federal government becomes a target of ire. The quality of water eventually becomes a concern, as reservoirs drop and salt and silt become more concentrated. Sewage water, strangely enough, emerges as a valuable and contested resource, and everyone starts dreaming about (costly) desalination.
- The city of Sacramento votes to offer residents "cash for grass" to rip out their lawns. (Sacramento Bee)