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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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Filling Glass with Water from Kitchen Faucet in East Porterville, California - pixel-ca-dwr-FL_Porterville-9320Access to Safe Drinking Water

Not every Californian has access to safe and reliable drinking water. Small communities relying on groundwater are most likely to have chronic water quality problems.

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cover shot of California's Future publicationCalifornia’s Future

This multi-topic publication highlights the state’s most pressing long-term policy challenges in several key areas: criminal justice, economy, education, safety net, and water and a…

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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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California Coastline Bixby BridgePPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment

Key findings from the current survey: Most Californians support policies to address climate change, including laws to reduce greenhouse gas emission. Two-thirds say air pollution…

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