For years, agricultural groups have called for more water storage to prepare the state for just such dry spells.
“As the saying goes, you reap what you sow, and our state and federal governments have failed miserably at providing the resources and infrastructure to adapt to changing climatic conditions,” California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said in a release.
“Make no mistake, our current water crisis is not caused by two years of below normal rainfall, followed by the record dry year we’re having right now. This crisis is the direct result of 20-plus years of inaction by politicians and policy-makers, who have failed to take the steps required to shield California from drought."
He said he hoped the current drought crisis will open lawmakers' eyes to the need for additional storage and reliable water conveyance systems and that they'd start working on them now.