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Blog Post · July 21, 2016

Commentary: California Needs Better Account of Groundwater

This commentary was published in the Sacramento Bee today, Thursday, July 21, 2016.

California’s prolonged drought has driven home the need to improve our balance sheet for water—determining how much there is, who has claims to it, and what is actually being used. New research by the PPIC Water Policy Center compared California to 11 other western states, Australia and Spain—places that also struggle with water scarcity—and found significant room for improvement.

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Learn more

Read Accounting for California’s Water (July 2016)
Visit the PPIC Water Policy Center


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