Southern California naturally has an arid climate. Imported water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Colorado River, and other sources allowed for exponential growth and prosperity; however, we are deeply aware of our water supply’s limitations as well. Drought conditions and environmental problems are reducing water deliveries to many cities, farms, and businesses.
California’s population growth is estimated to reach 60 million by 2050 and rainfall is expected to decrease. There is an immediate need for Californians to reduce their water use and the best way to do this is to conserve. The district was founded by a group of farmers who saw this need in the 1940s. We continue their legacy of conservation today.
Winter Season 2015-16
As of September, there is a 95% chance that El Niño conditions will persist for the winter. This could mean many things: heavy rains, floods, landslides; or the weather could take a different track and give us other surprises. Take a look at this panel discussion regarding the 2015-16 winter season featuring:
Celeste Cantú, General Manager of Santa Ana Water Project Authority
Steve PonTell, President and CEO of National Community Renaissance
Wyatt Troxel, Senior Strategist of EnerVention Strategies
Moderated by: Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Studies at Pomona College
Drought in California While heavy winter rains are a possibility, scientists say that four consecutive years of significantly above-average rainfall are needed to "break" the drought.
To keep track of local agencies' responses to the drought emergency in California, the Association of California Water Agencies has provided this collection of drought information: ACWA Agency Drought Responses.
The good news is that there is a wealth of information and resources out there to help you conserve water. The bad news is sorting through them all. Here we have compiled a collection of resources that you can print, reference, or visit at your leisure. If you find your own good resources that are too good not to share, please send them over.
Video: Cadillac Desert, an American four-part documentary series about water, money, politics, and the transformation of nature. The film chronicles the growth of a large community in the western American desert.