To make matters that much worse, the over 2 million gallons of toxic water the oil and gas industry disposes of daily is pumped into the aquifer and poisons the diminishing underground supply at an alarming rate; so much so that well over a hundred (at last count) drinking-water wells have been shut down by state water regulators and the EPA due to oil waste-water contamination.
Before any American thinks this will never fly in the Golden State, just reconsider that because of California's direct democracy cockup, the religious right, Mormons, and Catholics from around the nation poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the campaign to pass that other fanatical ballot initiative Prop 8.
A financial settlement in the police shooting of an unarmed black man back in 2012 was achieved by the mother from a small town city government in Southern California.
Republicans will continue to deny climate change even though glaring examples are more and more common each day. Case in point: This week's wildfires in San Diego.
But even with the worries of another possible firestorm, because California taxed itself, we managed to protect ourselves a lot better than Colorado.