Every winter, usually sometime in November, the parched, brown hills of the Bay Area turn, seemingly overnight, into a vibrant green. This transformation happens a week or two after the first solid rain, and I always breathe a deep sigh of relief. This bright green is a sign that we have finally come to the time of year when our entire state takes a long drink of water as we prepare for the dry seasons ahead.
As a life-long Bay Area resident, it seems that for as long as I can remember, we have been in a drought. It rains every winter, but never enough. The statistics that are thrown around about how much rainfall we would need in one year to fill the reservoirs are always outlandish. And it seems that no amount of captured water and neglected lawns will fill our deficit.
And yet this current drought seems to be the worst one yet. Just how bad it was I didn’t realize until I began this project.
I decided to do this project because I wanted to explore how water impacts California residents, and more specifically, Bay Area residents. What relationships do Bay Area residents have with water? How do these relationships change during a drought? How is the Bay Area affected by the drought compared to the rest of California?
I have conducted research and interviews and taken photographs in an attempt to answer these questions. Please scroll down to see my work.