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Drought plays out differently in various regions of California

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Most of California is experiencing a “severe” or “exceptional” drought, impacting more than 37 million Golden State residents, according to the Drought Monitoring Center at the University of Nebraska.

But as Californians know, the state feels more like three states — southern, central and northern — and while there’s a shared response from residents up and down the state, there are also significant differences in how the squeeze on water resources affects each region.

“There’s no difference in how each area is handling it. They are all trying to do the same thing, conserve water. The differences lie in each area’s water interest,” explained David Feldman, a professor at UC Irvine in the Department of Social Ecology and chair of Planning, Policy and Design.

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