The San Gabriel Valley is in a Serious Drought
2014 was a hectic year with a drought emergency declaration from Governor Brown on January 17 that was followed by an announcement from the California Department of Water Resources on January 31 that the State Water Project was suspending water deliveries. This meant no replenishment water for our groundwater supplies in the San Gabriel Valley. Coupled with record dry weather, a good thing happened. Actually several good things happened.
First, people everywhere in California began talking about water. Newspapers, TV and radio news, and the internet were flowing with news of the record drought and what to do about it. Conferences sprung up everywhere and government, business and community organizations put water on their agenda. Residents and businesses asked what they could do to save water and to save money. There was hope the drought would change the political "climate" and spur conditions where the Legislature and the Governor would act on needed water-related legislation, infrastructure and funding.
And that's what happened. In November 2014, voters overwhelmingly approved the long-stalled Water Bond which provides $7.5 billion in funding for critical local water supply projects such as storage, groundwater cleanup, water quality, recycled water and storm water capture. Shortly thereafter, legislation was approved that creates better water management practices statewide. While these legislative initiatives bode well for our water supply and water management in the future, severe drought conditions remain in effect and warrant ongoing vigilance, conservation and action.