Merced, gave an overview of the importance of water and conservation in California as well as compliance issues. In the past, the state was able to use water from the Sierra Nevada snow caps, our natural storage containers, in the spring time. However, climate change and hotter temperatures have forced the snow lines to recede. Over agriculture and the placement of urban cities in extremely dry areas have also lead to the quick depletion of water levels from: dams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Currently we are using our water without resupplying it, a major problem to conservation. With the primary reservoir water drying up, we resort to using groundwater in our lives. Farmers use these sources to water their crops due to low state water funding. Our artificial water systems have allowed us to settle in new areas but have changed the ecosystem. This prevents our rivers from being resupplied, causing them to wither and dry up. Besides the environment, another challenge to water conservation is infighting. In the LA water crisis, residents from Owens valley attempted to violently sabotage the construction of the LA aqueduct. After getting some water back in 2006, the residents used a lot of the water to try to keep more of it to themselves. Meanwhile in SF, the residents use water from a national park to hydrate the city, sell hydraulic power and water to other areas. Therefore, the main aggravators of this water crisis are our inefficient use, selfishness and slow adaptation to a changing climate. As we conserve life-saving water, we should also keep in mind how to save unique environments like Mono lake from disappearing in the future in these trying times.