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  • A New Approach to Accounting for Environmental Water Insights from the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta

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    A New Approach to Accounting for Environmental Water Insights from the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | November 9, 2017...
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    How water is apportioned to California’s cities, farms, and the environment can lead to conflict and competition in times of drought. Allocation of...

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  • Accounting for California’s Water

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    Accounting for California’s Water

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | July 13, 2016...
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    Understanding California’s water balance sheet—how much there is, who has claims to it, and what is actually being “spent”—is key to effectively managing...

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  • Accounting for Water “Wasted to the Sea”

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    Accounting for Water “Wasted to the Sea”

    San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science | April 19, 2018...
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    Freshwater outflow from the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is a contentious management issue. Once mixed with salt water of San Francisco Bay, outflow is...

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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 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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  • Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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    Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | July 16, 2008...
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    For over 50 years, California has been pumping water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for extensive urban and agricultural uses around the state....

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  • Costs of Ecosystem Management Actions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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    Costs of Ecosystem Management Actions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | April 22, 2013...
    Summary

    California is at a critical juncture on policy for the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. This report summarizes the results of a wide-ranging study of...

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  • Envisioning Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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    Envisioning Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | January 25, 2007...
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    California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is widely perceived to be in crisis today: its levee system is fragile, many of its native species are...

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  • Fixing the Delta: How Will We Pay for It?

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    Fixing the Delta: How Will We Pay for It?

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | August 4, 2009...
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    This report examines the question of how to pay for urgently needed investments in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. For years, stakeholders have been...

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  • Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought: Five Areas for Reform

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    Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought: Five Areas for Reform

    Public Policy Institute of California | January 26, 2016...
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    The federal government is deeply involved in western water. It is the largest landowner, major supplier of irrigation, principal supporter of the farm...

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  • Integrated Management of Delta Stressors: Institutional and Legal Options

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    Integrated Management of Delta Stressors: Institutional and Legal Options

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | April 22, 2013...
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    Despite some recent progress, the current institutional landscape for regulation and management of stressors in the in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is highly...

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  • Managing California’s Freshwater Ecosystems: Lessons from the 2012-16 Drought

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    Managing California’s Freshwater Ecosystems: Lessons from the 2012-16 Drought

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | November 16, 2017...
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    The 2012–16 drought caused unprecedented stress to California’s ecosystems and pushed many native species to the brink of extinction. It also tested the...

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  • Managing California’s Freshwater Ecosystems: Lessons from the 2012–16 Drought

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    Managing California’s Freshwater Ecosystems: Lessons from the 2012–16 Drought

    Public Policy Institute of California | November 9, 2017...
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    The 2012–16 drought caused unprecedented stress to California’s ecosystems and pushed many native species to the brink of extinction. It also tested the...

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  • Managing Water for the Environment During Drought: Lessons from Victoria, Australia

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    Managing Water for the Environment During Drought: Lessons from Victoria, Australia

    Public Policy Institute of California | June 16, 2016...
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    Over the past 30 years the Australian state of Victoria developed innovative approaches to planning and setting priorities for environmental water, along with...

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  • Priorities for California’s Water (2017)

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    Priorities for California’s Water (2017)

    Public Policy Institute of California | October 23, 2017...
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    This past year was a prime example of California’s highly variable climate—and a precursor of the types of extremes that are expected to...

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  • Replenishing Groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley

    Replenishing Groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley

    Public Policy Institute of California | April 1, 2018...
    Summary

    The San Joaquin Valley—which has the biggest imbalance between groundwater pumping and replenishment in the state—is ground zero for implementing the 2014 Sustainable...

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  • Stress Relief: Prescriptions for a Healthier Delta Ecosystem

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    Stress Relief: Prescriptions for a Healthier Delta Ecosystem

    Public Policy Institute of California | April 22, 2013...
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    California is at a critical juncture on policy for the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. This report summarizes the results of a wide-ranging study of...

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  • Transitions for the Delta Economy

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    Transitions for the Delta Economy

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | January 3, 2012...
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    Enormous changes—from natural forces to management decisions—are coming to California’s fragile Delta region and will have broad effects on its residents. This report...

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  • Water and the California economy

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    Water and the California economy

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | May 17, 2012...
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    California’s economy can grow and prosper despite droughts and water shortages caused by a changing climate—but only if threats to the water system...

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  • Water Stress and a Changing San Joaquin Valley

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    Water Stress and a Changing San Joaquin Valley

    Public Policy Institute of California | March 1, 2017...
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    The San Joaquin Valley—California’s largest agricultural region, and an important contributor to the nation’s food supply—is in a time of great change and...

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