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Adapting to an Uncertain Water Future

By Jeffrey Mount, Ellen Hanak

To avoid major social and economic disruptions, California should greatly increase efforts to adapt its water system to a changing climate.

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A Water Budget for the Environment

By Jeffrey Mount

California’s freshwater ecosystems are in decline and becoming increasingly vulnerable to drought. Allocating water budgets for the environment would help.

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A Path to Progress for the Salton Sea

By Lori Pottinger

The Salton Sea urgently needs a steady supply of water to reduce health and environmental problems. We talked with Kurt Schwabe about possible solutions.

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Three Water Challenges for Almonds

By Ellen Hanak

Almonds are California’s largest single crop. Here are three water realities that almond growers must grapple with in coming years.

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Bringing Order to Groundwater Management

By Alvar Escriva-Bou, Jelena Jezdimirovic

California’s water management is a complicated stew with many cooks. It just got more complex with the addition of 250 new groundwater sustainability agencies.


Building Drought Resilience in California’s Cities and Suburbs

By David Mitchell, Ellen Hanak, Ken Baerenklau, Alvar Escriva-Bou ...

California’s urban water suppliers have become increasingly adept at drought management thanks to investments in diverse supplies, cooperative efforts with neighbors, and programs to manage water demand. But in the face of extreme hot and dry conditions, questions arose over preparedness for ongoing drought, and the state took the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory water conservation in 2015. This report looks at evolving state and local roles in managing urban water supply during drought, and lessons to help us better prepare for droughts of the future.

This research was supported with funding from California Water Service, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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