California is scrambling to prevent a water shortage crisis from escalating into a catastrophe. Last year was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California and conditions have yet to improve in 2014, according to recent snow surveys.
In January, after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency, California’s Department of Water Resources said it would reduce the supply of water from reservoirs to the lowest level in its 54-year history. As the severity of the drought has escalated in recent months, the state has ramped up efforts to induce rainfall through a controversial weather modification technology known as cloud seeding.