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  • A freshwater conservation blueprint for California: prioritizing watersheds for freshwater biodiversity

    A freshwater conservation blueprint for California: prioritizing watersheds for freshwater biodiversity

    Freshwater Science, University of Chicago Press Journals | April 18, 2018...
    Summary

    Conservation scientists have adapted conservation planning principles designed for protection of habi- tats ranging from terrestrial to freshwater ecosystems. We applied current approaches...

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  • A Legal Guide to the Public’s Rights to Access and Use of California’s Navigable Waters

    A Legal Guide to the Public’s Rights to Access and Use of California’s Navigable Waters

    California State Lands Commission | November 20, 2017...
    Summary

    In California, members of the public have rights to access and use navigable waters for many beneficial uses, including, but not limited to navigation, fishing, and recreation. These public rights are expressed in federal law, California’s Act of...

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  • Addressing California’s Uncertain Water Future by Coordinating Long-Term Land Use and Water Planning: Is a Water Element in the General Plan the Next Step

    Addressing California’s Uncertain Water Future by Coordinating Long-Term Land Use and Water Planning: Is a Water Element in the General Plan the Next Step

    Ecology Law Quarterly | January 15, 2004...
    Summary

    More people, less water: this is the widely anticipated future of the state of California. As the state's population grows to 46 million...

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  • Agricultural Land Stewardship (Resource Management Strategy)

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    Agricultural Land Stewardship (Resource Management Strategy)

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | July 29, 2016...
    Summary

    This resource management strategy focuses primarily on private land in agriculture including cultivated land and rangeland. Agricultural land in California comprises about 31.6...

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  • Before the Well Runs Dry: Improving the Linkage Between Groundwater and Land Use Planning

    Before the Well Runs Dry: Improving the Linkage Between Groundwater and Land Use Planning

    Water in the West, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, The Bill Lane Center for the American West | April 17, 2014...
    Summary

    There is no comprehensive regulation of groundwater use in the state of California,* and the right to withdraw groundwater is based on surface...

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  • Bringing Water and Land Use Together

    Bringing Water and Land Use Together

    The Local Government Commission | April 11, 2019...
    Summary

    In 2005, the California Legislature passed new laws that enable communities to join together to adopt Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) policies and...

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  • California against the sea

    California against the sea

    Los Angeles Times | July 7, 2019...
    Summary

    THE CALIFORNIA COAST GREW AND PROSPERED during a remarkable moment in history when the sea was at its tamest. But the mighty Pacific,...

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  • California Essential Habitat Connectivity Project: A Strategy for Conserving a Connected California

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    California Essential Habitat Connectivity Project: A Strategy for Conserving a Connected California

    California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) | March 2, 2010...
    Summary

    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) commissioned the California Essential Habitat Connectivity Project because a...

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  • California Law at the Intersection of Water Use and Land Planning: A Report for the California Office of Planning and Research

    California Law at the Intersection of Water Use and Land Planning: A Report for the California Office of Planning and Research

    University of California, Hastings College of the Law | May 13, 2015...
    Summary

    There are no laws in California that require coordination between land planners and water regulators. A local planning commission may approve a new...

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  • Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in Coastal California: A Component of Identification of Natural Infrastructure Options for Adapting to Sea Level Rise

    Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in Coastal California: A Component of Identification of Natural Infrastructure Options for Adapting to Sea Level Rise

    The Nature Conservancy | November 27, 2017...
    Summary

    Sea level rise and erosion are major threats to California’s coast, requiring solutions to preserve the many benefits a healthy coastline provides: flood...

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