What should be done?
Prepare for this year to be dry (a certainty) and prepare for next year to be dry (fairly likely).
Preparation is key to reducing the impact.
Many with dry-year contingency plans will begin their implementation. For those without prepared plans, now is a good time to start making plans and preparations. Active preparations should include:
- Reducing less crucial water uses, particularly where water can be directly or indirectly stored.
- Support and prepare to support wetland and aquatic ecosystems, including and especially the Delta.
- Inventory regional groundwater availability, and think about SGMA consequences of drought.
- Work with your neighbors to prepare.
The various COVID-19 shut-downs and slow-downs are likely to make late preparations more difficult, especially where plans, such as those for the Delta, ecosystems, and groundwater, require coordination among many agencies and entities, now with few and smaller face-to-face meetings and competing with a pandemic for attention and resources.
Pandemic concerns will require managing water and ecosystems amid a drought of attention and resources and viral distractions.
Also prepare for next year to be wet and have flooding, because this can easily happen too.
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