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Drought, Water Supply Are Top Environmental Concerns in California

By Rachel Lawler, Annabelle Rosser, Gokce Sencan

As the state copes with yet another severe fire season, a new PPIC survey finds that Californians are very concerned about drought and water supply—and they’re increasingly linking these issues to climate change.

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How Water Agencies Could Catalyze Headwater Forest Management

By Henry McCann, Van Butsic

Forest managers, community and environmental stakeholders, and policymakers alike have called for an increase in the pace and scale of proactive forest management to prevent extreme wildfires. Could water agencies lead the effort?

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What It Means to Store Water for the Environment

By Sarah Bardeen

In times of drought, California’s ecosystems often suffer. CalTrout Ecosystem Fellow Sarah Null is investigating how to better manage scarce water supplies so that the state can protect vulnerable ecosystems—even as the climate changes.

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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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Video: Is California Ready for Drought?

By Lori Pottinger

Drought brings greater risks to some sectors and communities. At this virtual event, experts discussed the latest drought, and how to reduce its impacts to vulnerable sectors.

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California’s Latest Drought in 4 Charts

By Alvar Escriva-Bou, Jeffrey Mount, Michael Dettinger

California is in drought again. Knowing what’s different and what’s similar compared to the past major drought can help us better prepare the most vulnerable sectors.

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