Editor: In "Managing California's water," the authors make a number of recommendations that if implemented should help avoid a water shortage in California.
Ignoring these recommendations will surely lead to a water crisis. Considering the fact that the only major water source for western states is the Colorado River, which is currently being overallocated.
Currently, more than half of urban water consumption is for landscaping. It is recommended that plants in our gardens be switched to those that survive on minimal water. In order to have a successful change it is essential that information of which plants grow best under the semi-arid conditions be provided to the public.
Providing such information will facilitate the change and motivate Californian's to make the change in their gardens. It may seem like a small step but by having a great number of people change one thing it will add up to great change.