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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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Learning the Language of Groundwater

By Lori Pottinger

Managing groundwater sustainably is a complex topic. Knowing the language is key to engaging in the conversation. This glossary can get you started.

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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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Groundwater and the Colorado River

By Lori Pottinger

Like so many rivers, the Colorado is closely linked to groundwater. We talked to Doug Kenney about managing groundwater in the basin.

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Make California’s Water Grid Climate-Ready

By Jeffrey Mount, Ellen Hanak

Climate pressures are seriously stressing the state’s water system. California must prepare its water grid for greater extremes and growing water scarcity.


Replenishing Groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley

By Ellen Hanak, Jelena Jezdimirovic, Sarge Green, Alvar Escriva-Bou

This report reviews groundwater recharge efforts in the San Joaquin Valley, and proposes actions to increase recharge and reduce the valley’s groundwater deficit.

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