Background and Recent History of Water Transfers in California

California Department of Water Resources (DWR), State Water Resources Control Board | July 1st, 2015


The purpose of this paper is to provide a basic understanding of water transfers in California with an emphasis on transfers that move water through the Sacramento-

California Water Reallocation: Where'd You Get That?

Natural Resources Journal | March 8th, 2017


When thirsty, Californians often avoid going to the market for more water. Instead, they might borrow some from their rich neighbors, they might sue them or more commonly

Chinatown: Owens Valley and Western Water Reallocation—Getting the Record Straight and What It Means for Water Markets

Texas Law Review | June 1st, 2005


In this Article I examine the notorious Owens Valley water transfer to Los Angeles. Not only was it one of the largest private water exchanges in U.S. history, but it rem

Colorado River Basin Environmental Transfers Scorecard

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West | March 16th, 2017


The Colorado River and its tributaries support more than 35 million people and irrigate more than four million acres of farmland. At the same time, the river supports 30

Economic Efficiency of Water Use and Allocation in California: A Scoping-Level Analysis

Delta Vision | July 1st, 2008


This report identifies key issues related to the economic efficiency of water development, allocation and use in California and discusses general policy changes that migh

Information for Parties Preparing Proposals for Water Transfers Requiring Department of Water Resources or Bureau of Reclamation Approval

California Department of Water Resources, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region | December 1st, 2015


Recent California Water Transfers: Implications for Water Management

Natural Resources Journal | December 1st, 1995


The 1991 and 1992 California Drought Emergency Water Banks were the first large water transfer programs in the nation in which the State served as the predominant

The 1991 Drought Water Bank

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | January 1st, 1991


This report, produced by the Department of Water Resources, provides a retrospective of the operations of the 1991 Drought Water Bank.

The Role of Water Transfers in Meeting California's Water Needs

Legislative Analyst's Office | September 9th, 2008


If water transfers are to help the state meet its water needs, we think that the Legislature should address a number of issues, including impediments to transfers and sta

Trading Sustainably: Critical Considerations for Local Groundwater Markets Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

University of California at Berkeley, School of Law | June 1st, 2017


The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), passed in 2014, is changing the way California manages its groundwater resources. SGMA calls for the creation of loc

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