Peter Gleick in the Sacramento Bee:
As California swelters and burns through the fourth year of the worst drought in 1,200 years, nonpartisan and bipartisan efforts have been increasingly effective. A multibillion-dollar bond measure passed by voters last year is providing funds for drought relief and new supply and conservation programs. Water utilities are expanding investments in water recycling and reuse. Farmers are growing more food with less water. In short, Californians are stepping up in a crisis to do things differently.