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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.

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