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Report · November 2018

California’s Water: Storing Water

Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, Jeffrey Mount, Jason Gurdak, Thomas Harter, Joshua Viers, Alvar Escriva-Bou, Andrew T. Fisher, Graham Fogg, and Brian Gray

Support for this work comes from a variety of generous sponsors. Please see the full list at the bottom of this page.


An extensive storage system plays a critical role in the state’s water management. This brief describes a number of ways to improve the management of reservoirs and groundwater basins to better prepare for droughts and manage floods.

This publication is part of a briefing kit that summarizes 13 of the state’s most pressing water management issues.


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