In California, a record-setting drought is keeping farmers up at night, "water cops" are patrolling water waste and new laws are being passed to curb water overuse.
A key issue in the debate: California's groundwater. Some lawmakers believe putting caps on how much water city dwellers can use while landowners – and farmers – have access to groundwater is a double standard, and the legal system is paying attention.
Meanwhile, the economic impact on agriculture is hefty, says a UC Davis report, and the USDA is trying to help farmers along.
For more on these and other California drought news, click the links below:
1. California Report Warns of Worsening Economic Impacts of Drought. National Geographic
2. One water cop patrols all of Los Angeles. San Jose Mercury News
3. California passes new water rules to help state during its extreme drought. Sacramento Bee
4. Drought shrivels Fresno County, Calif. Ag values. Western Farm Press
6. Coalition forms to manage California's groundwater. LA Times (commentary)
Bonus: Farmers Worry drought may increase wild pig problems. ABC 30