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A Momentous Water Year

By Ellen Hanak

The year in review at the PPIC Water Policy Center by center director Ellen Hanak.

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2020 Census: Counting California’s Northern and Sierra Regions

By Tess Thorman, Vicki Hsieh, Sarah Bohn

Home to 1.4 million people, California's northern and Sierra regions cover 40% of the state and span 23 counties. Housing conditions, diverse populations, and recent wildfires are among the challenges of counting residents here in the 2020 Census.


California’s Water: Protecting Headwaters

By Ellen Hanak, Jeffrey Mount, Van Butsic, Joshua Viers ...

Mountainous regions provide most of the state’s water supply. But major problems loom— from a growing risk of wildfires to a shrinking snowpack. This brief outlines ways California and the federal government—the largest landowner in headwater areas—could address critical problems in these areas.

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Could Wildfires Affect the 2020 Census?

By Sarah Bohn, Tess Thorman

Among their many devastating long-term effects, disasters may elevate the risk of undercounting some communities in the upcoming census.

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Video: Managing Drought in a Changing Climate

By Lori Pottinger

California’s water system isn’t prepared for growing climate extremes. A panel of experts explain how climate change will affect the system, and discuss reforms that could make it more resilient.

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Managing Forests to Reduce Wildfire Risks

By Henry McCann, Van Butsic, Claudia Herbert

As the state’s wildfire risk has grown, the debate over how to address it has become more heated. These four points can help inform the conversation.

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