It’s become the drought of the century. Water shortages have placed huge burdens on families and farmers alike, devastating millions of trees in state forests. It’s estimated that the crisis will cost the state’s economy $3 billion this year alone. But Californians are fighting back: Santa Barbara is just one community drawing on past experience to map a comprehensive plan to cut water usage — and it’s working. Such efforts are sounding an alarm to all Americans that the time to address climate change is now.