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California’s Water Market

By Ellen Hanak, Gokce Sencan, Andrew Ayres

Water marketing is an important tool for managing drought and water scarcity in California. Reforms could help strengthen the market.

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Paying for California’s Water System

By Caitrin Chappelle, Ellen Hanak, Annabelle Rosser

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 to keep up with needed investments.

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Water Affordability in California

By Caitrin Chappelle, Ellen Hanak

With the cost of supplying water growing in many parts of the state, an affordability crisis is brewing—both for families facing higher bills and communities trying to maintain safe systems.

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Droughts in California

By Jeffrey Mount, Alvar Escriva-Bou, Gokce Sencan

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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Access to Safe Drinking Water in California

By Caitrin Chappelle, Joy Collins, Ellen Hanak

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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Climate Change and California’s Water

By Jeffrey Mount, Daniel Swain, Paul Ullrich

Managing water is at the forefront of climate change adaptation in California. Changes are needed to prepare the water system for a more volatile climate.

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Dams in California

By Alvar Escriva-Bou, Jeffrey Mount, Jelena Jezdimirovic

Dams are central to California’s water system, providing storage, flood control, electricity, and recreation. Climate change is complicating how they are managed.

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California’s Water Grid

By Alvar Escriva-Bou, Ellen Hanak, Jeffrey Mount

The statewide network of storage and conveyance facilities provides multiple services, which are sometimes in conflict. Climate change brings new challenges.

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Californians and the Coast

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Rachel Lawler

Most Californians see coastal conditions as very important to the state’s future. Majorities are concerned about ocean conditions and wildlife habitats, and two in three oppose drilling off the coast.

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