Draining California's Water Savings Account

Aquifers will run dry without rain and snow.

Keeping it green for now.

Photographer: Phil Hawkins/Bloomberg

Drive down Interstate 5 along the west side of California’s San Joaquin Valley and the signs of drought are everywhere. A lot of them are actual signs, with slogans such as “Water Cuts = Lost Jobs” and “Congress Created Dust Bowl.” Then there are the fallowed fields, the orchards of uprooted and dried up almond trees and -- perhaps most ominous of all -- a whole field of prickly pear cactuses. The desertification of California farm country is upon us! 

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