Farming is not the only area hit hard by the drought. The Feb. 9 article in The Bee on the Sierra (showed) how the forest is being impacted and how high up the snowpack is.
Fire hazard and watershed: We must invest money and manpower into restoring our damaged forests and watershed, and do what we can to reduce the fire risks. The Rim fire not only cost close to $150 million to fight, but it threatened the San Francisco water supply.
Monitor and regulate underground water: This is long overdue, with the state Department of Public Health reporting that 680 community ground water systems rely on one or more contaminated wells. With 38 million people, we can't gamble with chemicals the way less-populated states can. The study possibly connecting DDT and Alzheimer's is a good example.
Ecosystem breakdowns and diseases: Droughts are often followed by diseases in vegetation, trees, wildlife and insects. The bee colony collapse, West Nile disease in Dallas in 2012 and dead pines in Colorado were all costly. We must be proactive in anticipating, identifying and limiting the damage and cost.
The Legislature needs to act on a comprehensive bill.