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Managing California’s Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation
Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, Ariel Dinar, Brian Gray, Richard Howitt, Jeffrey Mount, Peter Moyle, and Barton "Buzz” Thompson
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California has struggled to manage its water effectively for more than 30 years. Today, the state needs to consider a set of wide-ranging reforms—for the benefit of the economy and the environment.
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Floods, Droughts, and Lawsuits: A Brief History of California Water Policy
California Water Today
Drivers of Change
Urgent and Fundamental Challenges
Reconciling Ecosystems: Reversing Declines in Native Species
Orchestrating the Management of Water Scarcity, Quality, and Flooding
Managing Water as a Public Commodity
Effective and Adaptive Governance
Pathways to Reform
A Way Forward
This research was supported with funding from S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Pisces Foundation, Resources Legacy Fund, and Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority.