Pat Shingleton: "No Water... No Lawns..."
California's drought is not a temporary obstacle but a long term consequence. The region has endured decades-long periods of drought, something the state is likely to endure in years to come. Researchers have constructed simulations to determine how California can handle an extensive 70-year-drought. Experts expect the state can continue to thrive with water conservation; a necessity rather than an option. Past procedures will be adjusted. First on the list are lawns. Typical green yards will be one of the first casualties of a prolonged drought as incentives to property owners include switching to desert-friendly landscaping, requiring very little water. Groundwater and waste water will be recycled rather than dumping it into the Pacific.