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  • A Perspective on the Drought in California

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    A Perspective on the Drought in California

    Legislative Analyst's Office | November 21, 1991...
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    Despite heavy rains in March 1991, California continues to face a serious near-term water problem resulting from five years of drought. In fact,...

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  • Allocating California’s Water: Directions for Reform

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    Allocating California’s Water: Directions for Reform

    Public Policy Institute of California | November 11, 2015...
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    California’s water allocation system hampers its ability to meet the state’s needs, especially in times of drought. At its heart is an unusually...

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  • Atmospheric Rivers as Drought Busters on the U.S. West Coast

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    Atmospheric Rivers as Drought Busters on the U.S. West Coast

    USGS | April 25, 2013...
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    Atmospheric rivers (ARs) have, in recent years, been recognized as the cause of the large majority of major floods in rivers all along...

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  • Atmospheric Rivers, Floods and the Water Resources of California

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    Atmospheric Rivers, Floods and the Water Resources of California

    | April 5, 2011...
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    California’s highly variable climate and growing water demands combine to pose both water-supply and flood-hazard challenges to resource managers. Recently important efforts to...

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  • Building Drought Resilience in California’s Cities and Suburbs

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    Building Drought Resilience in California’s Cities and Suburbs

    Public Policy Institute of California | June 1, 2017...
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    Droughts are a recurring feature of California’s climate. Major droughts provide an opportunity to review management responses and derive policy lessons that can...

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  • California’s most significant droughts: Comparing historical and recent conditions

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    California’s most significant droughts: Comparing historical and recent conditions

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | March 23, 2015...
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    The water years of 2012-14 stand as California’s driest three consecutive years in terms of statewide precipitation, and as of this writing in...

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  • California’s Most Significant Droughts: Comparing Historical and Recent Conditions

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    California’s Most Significant Droughts: Comparing Historical and Recent Conditions

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | February 2, 2015...
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    This report was prepared in response to the dry conditions of 2012-14 (Figure 1.1) and particularly in response to the very dry hydrology...

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  • California’s Severe Drought Has Only Marginal Impacts on Food Prices

    California’s Severe Drought Has Only Marginal Impacts on Food Prices

    University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics | May 14, 2015...
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    The extreme drought that has gripped California over the past several years is causing onerous adjustments in the natural and human environments. Agriculture,...

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  • California’s Water: Managing Droughts

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    California’s Water: Managing Droughts

    Public Policy Institute of California | October 1, 2016...
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    California is prone to multi-year droughts. Diverse, coordinated approaches are needed to stretch our water supply, ensure safe drinking water for at-risk communities,...

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  • Climate Change and Water Supply Security: Reconfiguring Groundwater Management to Reduce Drought Vulnerability

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    Climate Change and Water Supply Security: Reconfiguring Groundwater Management to Reduce Drought Vulnerability

    California Energy Commission | July 31, 2012...
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    Periodic droughts, projected to become more frequent and severe with climate change, present a significant planning challenge for California’s water agencies. This research...

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  • Drought and Equity in California

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    Drought and Equity in California

    Pacific Institute | January 9, 2017...
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    Drought and Equity in California is the first statewide analysis of the impacts of the drought on California’s most vulnerable communities. This report...

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  • Drought and Equity in the San Francisco Bay Area

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    Drought and Equity in the San Francisco Bay Area

    Pacific Institute | June 29, 2016...
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    California’s ongoing drought has wide-reaching impacts, from how we grow crops to the price of electricity. Often overlooked is its impact on disadvantaged...

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  • Dry Year Program (1978)

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    Dry Year Program (1978)

    State Water Resources Control Board | January 1, 1978...
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    The importance of water was emphasized to all Californians during the 1975-76 water year. A high pressure system persisted off the West Coast...

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  • Governing California Through Climate Change

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    Governing California Through Climate Change

    Little Hoover Commission | July 1, 2014...
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    State government, which guided California through the instability of the Great Depression, managed the profound disruptions of World War II and steered, during...

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  • Hydroclimate Report Water Year 2015

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    Hydroclimate Report Water Year 2015

    Department of Water Resources | December 23, 2016...
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    Water year 2015 added a fourth year to the ongoing drought in California, with observations indicative of a changing climate, including record warmth....

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  • Hydroclimate Report Water Year 2016

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    Hydroclimate Report Water Year 2016

    Department of Water Resources | September 5, 2017...
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    Water year 2016 ended up being different than expected, from a climate standpoint. Water year 2015 marked the 4th year of drought in...

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  • Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Agriculture

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    Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Agriculture

    Pacific Institute | August 26, 2015...
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    California’s agriculture sector has exceeded expectations during the most severe drought in recorded history at the cost of massive but unsustainable groundwater pumping....

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  • Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Hydroelectricity Generation

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    Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Hydroelectricity Generation

    Pacific Institute | March 17, 2015...
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    California’s hottest and driest drought in recorded history is shifting the sources of energy for electricity with adverse economic and environmental consequences. The...

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  • Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Hydroelectricity Generation 2015 Update

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    Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Hydroelectricity Generation 2015 Update

    Pacific Institute | February 1, 2016...
    Summary

    The Pacific Institute has released a comprehensive assessment of the costs to California of lost hydroelectricity during the four years of drought from...

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  • Impacts of the California Drought from 2007 to 2009: Surprising Outcomes for California’s Agriculture, Energy, and Environment

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    Impacts of the California Drought from 2007 to 2009: Surprising Outcomes for California’s Agriculture, Energy, and Environment

    Pacific Institute | June 16, 2011...
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    California’s three-year drought, which ended with this season’s cool and wet weather, had complicated and serious impacts that have been poorly understood and...

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