Planning for drought, or planning for a drier future?

“Here, the impacts of this year’s drought will likely be eased by last year’s bounty, stored in reservoirs upstream. More troubling are the dry conditions we’ve been seeing since 2000. In a report released in March, the Colorado River Research Group warns that we may be undergoing a process of aridification, rather than a drought. If this is the case, current drought planning efforts could really be the first step in a longer-term process of adaptation”