In January, Governor Brown declared a drought emergency as California is facing severe water shortages in this driest year in recorded state history. Click to read the governor’s proclamation.
Many agencies and organizations are working to help individuals and communities reduce their water usage. The Santa Clara Valley Water District has just updated its program for replacing lawns with water-saving native and Mediterranean plants. See more: http://www.valleywater.org/Programs/LandscapeRebateProgram.aspx
UC Cooperative Extension has published a guide to Keeping Plantings Alive under Drought or Water Restrictions. Keeping Plants Alive Under Drought.