In LA, we know our region cycles between El Niño years and drought years, but we don’t have many bone-dry years. Right now is the driest the region has been in 163 years of formal record keeping. It’s also probably the driest it’s been in 500 years, and a sign of LA’s bleak future.
The word “drought” has lost all meaning to us though. Our utilities have done a brilliant job of keeping us comfortable, with plentiful running water, while every part of our region without plumbing wilts to a crisp. Talk to older Southern Californians and they’ll throw up finger quotes when they use the word “drought.”
They’ll blame politicians and environmentalists for droughts as though they control the weather. In Sacramento, there’s so much finger-pointing and leftover bitterness from the last drought, or the one before, or the one before that, that we forget to notice that our hills are on fire, bears are wandering into our cities, our air is toxic, and some of our unique flora and fauna face extinction in months, not years.
(via Los Angeles Is Finally Starting to Run Out of Water | VICE United States)