California is parched. Wells are running dry. Vegetable fields have been left fallow and lawns are dying. There must be some villain behind all this, right?

Of course there is. In fact, have your pick. As a public service, The Salt is bringing you several of the leading candidates. They have been nominated by widely respected national publications and interest groups.

There’s just one problem: Not all of these shady characters live up to their nefarious job description. Let us explain.

Beyond Almonds: A Rogue’s Gallery of Guzzlers In California’s Drought

Illustration credit: Leif Parsons for NPR

The short answer… Is people are growing too much in a place that doesn’t have very much water.