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photo - Subsidence Repair on Aqueduct in Kern County, California - Pixel CA DWR AI_Subsidence_0000_03_09_0243Paying for California’s Water System

Most funding for California’s water system comes from local water bills and taxes. During droughts and recessions, revenues decline, making it harder for water agencies…

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photo - Oroville River during DroughtDroughts in California

California is highly prone to droughts, and climate change makes them worse. This fact sheet describes key challenges to managing dry times.

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photo - DeltaCalifornia’s Future: Water and a Changing Climate

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…

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photo - Eagle Falls and view of Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaPriorities for California’s Water

California’s water landscape was disrupted by the pandemic, recession, ongoing drought, and wildfires this year. This report lays out priorities for federal, state, and local…

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photo - California Aqueduct in Kern County, California - Pixel Ca DWRWater Partnerships between Cities and Farms in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley and urban Southern California are worlds apart, but each faces growing water challenges. Both regions’ water futures could be more secure…

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photo - Nordheimer Creek and Salmon River Confluence in Northern CaliforniaMaking the Most of Water for the Environment: A Functional Flows Approach for California’s Rivers

Water and land management activities have substantially altered river flows across the state, degrading ecosystems and decimating populations of native species. Restoring seasonal components of…

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photo - Mist on Headwater ForestThe Benefits of Headwater Forest Management

California’s headwater forests have become more vulnerable to drought and wildfire—risks that are increasing with climate change. Increased forest management on a large scale can…

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photo - Fly Fishing on the Owens RiverA Path Forward for California’s Freshwater Ecosystems

California’s freshwater ecosystems are under pressure and its aquatic biodiversity is in decline. The state needs a new approach to protect the many beneficial uses…

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