Who Is to Blame for California’s Drought?

UC Davis

Social media users are playing the blame game when it comes to California’s drought. Read enough comments online and you’ll see many similar responses blaming the state government for its management of water: California should have more water storage. California dumps water into the ocean. Northern California sends too much water to Southern California.

UC Davis experts said those assertions are incorrect.

“The characterization that this is just government malfeasance is wildly inaccurate and unfair, and misses the key points,” said Richard Frank, professor of environmental practice and director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at the UC Davis School of Law.

While some criticisms that appear frequently on social media have a basis in reality, others are completely untrue, Frank and other UC Davis experts said.

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