It's been the driest year in California in a long, long time. We've had the driest spring in the past 150 years, and while we've generally been enjoying the weather, paradise comes with a price. Water rationing has already started in Southern California, and the fear of wildfire is starting to ratchet up in Berkeley and Oakland, where empty lots still dot pricey hilltop neighborhoods -- lasting reminders of the devastating 1991 fires. So, what can we do about it?
This year will be time for many of us in California to rethink our green, water-intensive grass lawns in favor of something that's green through and through. (Moss, perhaps?) We could also save a tremendous amount of water by switching over to dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals in homes and businesses across the state.
For more on the drought, check out this article from the San Francisco Chronicle or this one in the LA Times.
Image: SF Chronicle by Lance Iverson