Governor Jerry Brown’s mandatory statewide water restrictions, announced Wednesday amidst escalated effects of the state’s historic drought, mean big changes for the residents of California.
As water continues to become more scarce and the state grows drier, Governor Brown’s goal is to reduce water usage by 25 percent. Instrument’s such as NASA’s Soil Moisture Active-Passive observatory are now contributing to monitor the state of California’s soil as the water cycle continues to bow before the drought.
Brown’s plan requires all 400 of California’s local water agencies to come up with plans to monitor and cut water usage, under penalty of possible fines.
In addition to these reductions, Executive Order B-29-15 (PDF) also calls for Los Angeles and other local governments to replace up to 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought-tolerant landscaping, as well as requiring campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to make “significant cuts” in water use.