Paying for Water in California
California faces serious funding gaps in five key areas of water management—including safe drinking water in small, disadvantaged communities; flood protection; management of stormwater and other polluted runoff; aquatic ecosystem management; and integrated water management. These gaps amount to $2 billion to $3 billion a year. But bold efforts by state and local leaders can pave the way to sustainable solutions for California’s critical water resources.
California Hydrologic Regions and Counties
SOURCE: California Department of Water Resources.
NOTE: In this report, counties that fall into more than one hydrologic region are assigned to the region where most of the population lives, as follows: Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano. Central Coast: Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz. Colorado River: Imperial. Lahontan: Alpine, Inyo, Lassen, Mono. North Coast: Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Trinity. Sacramento River: Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, Yuba. San Joaquin River: Amador, Calaveras, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne. South Coast: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura. Tulare Lake: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Tulare.