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Report · January 2021

California’s Future: Water and a Changing Climate

Ellen Hanak, Caitrin Chappelle, Lori Pottinger, and Jeffrey Mount

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the PPIC Corporate Circle and the PPIC Donor Circle.

The pandemic and its economic fallout are affecting many aspects of water management, while climate change has major implications. And a much-needed national conversation about racism has illuminated water equity issues’such as how we address climate change, safe drinking water, and water scarcity.

This publication is part of a briefing kit that focuses on California’s most pressing long-term policy challenges in five key areas:


COVID-19 Drought Floods Freshwater Ecosystems Water Supply Water, Land & Air