Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment published a virtual article series exploring the “use and management of California’s precious resource” in an attempt to accelerate the public’s understanding of groundwater in California. In a detailed introductory article entitled, Groundwater: Ignore It, and it Might Go Away, both authors Janny Choy and Geoff McGhee acquaint us with groundwater, its current condition in California, and provide insightful recommendations for groundwater reform.
Since the publication of the article series, “Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, a measure to create a comprehensive groundwater management framework for the state; and on November 4, voters approved Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion bond measure seeking to increase water supply and water resilience throughout the state, in the face of climate change and an ongoing three-year drought”(Choy, McGhee).
While laws and regulations are key to changing the conversation climate, there still begs the question of what method is best, most cost-effective, and has the lowest impact on the environment. We can name a few.
The authors mention, “Droughts are a part of life in California, as anyone who has lived here long enough knows”. Imagine how the installation of drywells could make the belief that droughts are a part of life to Californian’s a thing of the past.