California mandates water restrictions for first time ever


USA TODAY: Gov. Jerry Brown took steps to dealing with his state’s drought issues by limiting the amount of water used for highway medians and golf courses.

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USA TODAY: Gov. Jerry Brown took steps to dealing with his state’s drought issues by limiting the amount of water used for highway medians and golf courses.

This statewide mandate is a nod to both the severity of the situation and the likelihood of its persistence, says Dave Feldman, professor of policy, planning and design at the University of California at Irvine.

“The growing consensus is this may be the new norm for a few more years, so we’ll have to get used to it,” he says. “And you can’t plan for a drought during a drought.”

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