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Every year roughly $10 billion is spent on water pollution control in California.
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Damaging floods are common in California. Over the past 60 years, every county has been declared a state or federal flood disaster area multiple times.
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Roughly 75% of California’s precipitation occurs north of Sacramento, but 75% of California’s water use occurs south of Sacramento.
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California’s productive farm sector requires large volumes of water for irrigation, typically four times the annual use of cities.
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Roughly half of the water used in California cities is for landscape irrigation.
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California’s native fishes are declining, and drought has brought some to the brink. If drought continues several more years, 18 fishes could go extinct.
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In a typical year, groundwater provides about a third of total farm and urban water use. Since 2014, this share has exceeded 50 percent.
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Two-thirds of California’s population and more than 3 million acres of irrigated farm land depend in part upon water exports from the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta.
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Wetlands in northeastern California and the Central Valley provide winter habitat for more than five million waterbirds.
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The driest three-year stretch on record in California occurred from 2011 to 2014—and 2014 was the hottest year on record.
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