Thanks to this year’s rainfall, the state of California is officially drought free for the first time since 2011. However, in an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered, Mark Gold (associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability at UCLA) reminded Californians of the importance of continuing to conserve water even in times of plentiful rain to prepare for future drought. Gold explained that California is all but certain to experience drought in the future, referencing UCLA Alex Hall’s research on climate whiplash, and advocated that Los Angeles continue to decrease dependence of imported water to prepare for future drought.
The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC), which Gold leads, has a goal of transitioning LA County to 100% local water by 2050.
Listen to the interview on NPR’s All Things Considered.