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Accounting for California’s Water
Alvar Escriva-Bou, Henry McCann, Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, Brian Gray

July 2016

Full Report
[PDF, 1627K]

Technical Appendix
[PDF, 2012K]

Understanding California’s balance sheet for water—how much there is, who has claims to it, and what is actually being "spent”—is key to effectively managing the state’s limited water supply in support of a healthy economy and environment. This report compares California’s water accounting systems to those of 11 other western states, Australia, and Spain. It identifies gaps in California’s water information systems, and proposes a dozen ways to bridge them.

Read a summary of the report’s policy recommendations.

This research was supported with funding from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Water Foundation, an initiative of the Resources Legacy Fund.



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