Philip Garone, Drought in California: Entering a New Water Future, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 5, December 2015, Pages 71-76 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/drought-in-california-entering-a-new-water-future/) Abstract: California's hydraulic infrastructure has vaulted the state's development forward, creating a thriving agricultural economy and supporting a population that now exceeds 38 million. But this entire infrastructure—a vast system of dams, reservoirs, and canals designed to transport water around the state—has been based on the assumption that historical precipitation levels were the norm in California and not the exception. We now know that this assumption was false. California, like much of the U.S. West, is facing the prospect of a water future characterized by longer and more severe droughts. In order for California to adapt to what appears to be a new climate regime, a systemic change to a century-old way of thinking about how the state stores and manages its water will be required. There will be no simple solution for California to engineer its way out of long-term or perhaps permanent drought, but first steps include recognizing the state's true long-term climate patterns, … Topics: Conservation; Governance; History; Stewardship; Water