Long-running Californian drought now threatens water supply.

Guardian: “The California drought, now reaching into its 13th month, grows more devastating with each passing day and there is no sign of significant relief in sight.”
“More than halfway through the state’s wet season and the Sierra Nevada snowcap all but non-existent, California’s prospects for making up its precipitation deficit are slim. The snowcap will yield precious little water and the state would need to get an average of about a foot or more of rain in the next two months to make up the difference. Forecasts are not offering much hope of that.
The California drought reached another grim milestone on Friday when the state announced that for the first time in the 54-year history of theState Water Project it may not be able to allocate water to the nearly 25 million Californians who depend on the vast system of dams and reservoirs for supplemental water supplies. The Department of Water Resources also said it planned to reduce allocations to farmland by 50%, the maximum extent allowable by law.
….The stakes are high for California, the country’s most populous state with 38 million residents. It has a $44.7 billion agricultural industry that generates more than $100 billion in related economic activity. California produces nearly half of all U.S.-grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables and it is the leading dairy state. The state’s farm cash receipts in 2012 were $13 billion more than that of Iowa, the No. 2 agricultural state. Because California farms depend heavily on irrigation to sustain production during the dry season, drought constitutes a dire threat to the state’s economy.
….The drought is part of a broader Western drought that has lasted for roughly 13 years, raising the specter of a modern-day “megadrought” akin to events that doomed some ancient civilizations.”
….Looming on the horizon is the prospect of a wildfire-filled summer with a perfect storm of water management challenges as the state’s competing water users, from dairy farmers to residents of downtown Los Angeles, clash over access to a diminished supply. Already this winter, wildfireshave been running far above average.”