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Report · November 2018

California’s Water: Water for the Environment

Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, Jeffrey Mount, Peter Moyle, Brian Gray, Joshua Viers, John Eadie, Nathaniel Seavy, Leon Szeptycki, Ted Grantham, Yusuke Kuwayama, Caitrin Chappelle, and Richard Frank

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River and wetland ecosystems in California-and the many birds, fish, and other species they support-are in serious decline. Major investments and novel approaches are needed to improve the health of our natural environment. This brief explains how water is used for environmental purposes and describes priority approaches that could improve its management.

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


Freshwater Ecosystems Paying for Water Water, Land & Air