In the next several months, Southern California is forecast to be drier than normal, while
Regardless of what the projections say, Californians should still plan for the worst because of depleting surface run-off and groundwater basins, said Jeanine Jones, interstate resources manager for the Water Resources Department. "We should plan for a dry 2009," she said.
Storage in the state's reservoirs is at a 14-year low. The water system has been further stressed by a court order restricting water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to other parts of the state, including