California Drought: Who To #FF for More Info

California drought: Follow Friday

You wouldn’t know it by looking out of a window here in Los Angeles, but this past Tuesday was the first official day of Autumn. Summer 2014 is now over, and it ended on a bitch of a triple-digit heat wave.  I’ve been blogging a lot recently about the California drought because I’m a concerned native Californian. I’m genuinely scared of our state running out of water, so I’ve been expressing that fear through my blog in a way that’s hopefully helpful to others. Living in a state with larger population than many countries, it’s easy to feel like a single person’s actions are meaningless, but I refuse to accept that. To use an ironic metaphor, it takes all the drops together to fill a bucket. During this process I’ve had the chance to uncover some great resources for learning more about this state-wide disaster, and in an effort to share what I’ve learned, below is a list of resources which have influenced my recent posts. I’m folding this into a “Follow Friday” roundup post, but only some of these people are on Twitter — some are not, so I instead link to their blog, etc.

Follow these people and institutions for good updates about the California drought:

Kate Poole, a litigator for Natural Resources Defense Council

Kate Poole, Natural Resources Defense Council, California drought

Kate Poole is becoming a local hero of mine. She does good work for the NRDC, and her forward-thinking attitude is simply inspirational. From her bio: “I can’t wait to show my children a San Joaquin River that runs red with salmon, a California where every backyard has a rain barrel and every bathroom has an ultra-low flow toilet, a Bay-Delta teeming with native fish and wildlife, and a Central Valley that rewards farmers for pursuing drought-tolerant farming practices and installing efficient irrigation technology.”


KPCC, California drought

KPCC is my favorite local NPR station in Los Angeles. They’ve done a great job covering the California drought online as well as on air, so check out their “Drought” blog category for timely, general updates.

State of California Drought Blog

California drought

Straight from the horse’s parched mouth. This is’s blog about the California drought, so it’s a good source of policy information and institutional news, and also a good source to see specifically how Governor Brown is responding.

Patrick Cavanaugh, California Ag Today Radio Network

Patrick Cavanaugh, California drought

I do not actively enjoy listening to much of what Patrick Cavanaugh has to say, simply because he represents the Big Ag industry in a major way, and I firmly believe that Big Ag is responsible for the majority of our water management issues during the California drought. That said, his messages are important to understand and it’s good as a city dweller to understand the perspective of the non-city dwellers. California Ag Today Radio Network is if only for that reason an important voice in the conversation.

Jeffrey Kightlinger, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Jeffrey Kightlinger, California drought

I don’t think Jeffrey Kighlinger has a Twitter account (let me know if I’m wrong), but I became a fan of his at the Future of Water in California panel at the Milken Institute this summer. He’s got a lot of info to share and his name pops up in important California drought conversations, so keep an eye out for any events where he’s speaking. In the meantime, check out the MWDSC’s press releases with the link above.

Jim McDaniel, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Jim McDaniel, California drought

Another example of someone who needs a Twitter account but doesn’t have one (I think), Jim McDaniel has a lot to offer the California Drought conversation. Follow the LADWP in the meantime for solid water saving tips, I’ll try to dig deeper into his social info.

Sanjay Gaur, Raftelis Financial Consultants

Sanjay Gaur, California drought

Sanjay Guar has a fascinating job during the California drought, because he helps businesses (such as hotel chains, as opposed to government bodies or individual consumers) manage their water use to both save money and help the environment. His business knowledge in the context of water management, combined with his willingness to share, makes him an important resource in the quest to learn more about solutions to this issue.


Okay, that’s a good start. Remember — use every drop more than once, and make sure everyone else does too.



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