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  • Addressing Nitrate in California’s Drinking Water (With a Focus on Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley Groundwater)

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    Addressing Nitrate in California’s Drinking Water (With a Focus on Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley Groundwater)

    State Water Resources Control Board | January 1, 2012...
    Summary

    In 2008, Senate Bill SBX2 1 (Perata) was signed into law (Water Code Section 83002.5), requiring the State Water Resources Control Board (State...

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  • Assessing Water Affordability

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    Assessing Water Affordability

    Pacific Institute | August 14, 2013...
    Summary

    A new pilot study in California shows many households, even within affluent communities, routinely spend over the affordability threshold of 2 percent of...

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  • Californians Without Safe Water and Sanitation

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    Californians Without Safe Water and Sanitation

    Department of Water Resources | October 30, 2014...
    Summary

    While most Californians enjoy access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, some residents live in communities or areas that do not have...

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  • Communities that rely on a contaminated groundwater source for drinking water

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    Communities that rely on a contaminated groundwater source for drinking water

    State Water Resources Control Board | January 1, 2013...
    Summary

    AB 2222 (Caballero, Chapter 670, Statutes of 2008) requires the State Water Resources Control Board to submit a report to the Legislature that...

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  • Drinking Fountains and Public Health: Improving National Water Infrastructure to Rebuild Trust and Ensure Access

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    Drinking Fountains and Public Health: Improving National Water Infrastructure to Rebuild Trust and Ensure Access

    Pacific Institute | February 27, 2017...
    Summary

    Public drinking fountains are disappearing across the U.S., yet many people – including children, commuters, joggers, tourists, and the homeless – rely on...

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  • Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution (Resource Management Strategy)

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    Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution (Resource Management Strategy)

    Department of Water Resources | July 29, 2016...
    Summary

    Providing a reliable supply of safe drinking water is the primary goal of public water systems in California. To achieve this goal, public...

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  • Drought and Equity in California

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    Drought and Equity in California

    Pacific Institute | January 9, 2017...
    Summary

    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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  • Environmental Justice in California Government

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    Environmental Justice in California Government

    State of California | October 1, 2003...
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    In California, we have spent over a century and billions of dollars to preserve and protect the environment for current and future generations....

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  • Groundwater/Aquifer Remediation (Resource Management Strategy)

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    Groundwater/Aquifer Remediation (Resource Management Strategy)

    Department of Water Resources | July 29, 2016...
    Summary

    Portions of aquifers in many groundwater basins in California have degraded water quality that does not support beneficial use of groundwater. In some...

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  • Human Costs of Nitrate-contaminated Drinking Water in the San Joaquin Valley

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    Human Costs of Nitrate-contaminated Drinking Water in the San Joaquin Valley

    Pacific Institute | March 1, 2011...
    Summary

    While most Californians take for granted that safe water is readily available at the turn of a tap, a growing number of communities,...

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  • Opportunities to protect drinking water sources and advance watershed goals through the Clean Water Act

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    Opportunities to protect drinking water sources and advance watershed goals through the Clean Water Act

    Environmental Protection Agency | November 10, 2014...
    Summary

    We live in times of both declining public agency resources and increasing complexity of environmental and public health problems, like the increasing occurrence,...

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  • Policy Considerations for Managing Agricultural Nitrogen to Reduce Groundwater Contamination in California

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    Policy Considerations for Managing Agricultural Nitrogen to Reduce Groundwater Contamination in California

    California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment | May 28, 2013...
    Summary

    Recent research, including “The California Nitrogen Assessment”1 and the UC Davis Report for the SWRCB SBX2 1 Report to the Legislature2, has produced...

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  • Prioritization of Oil and Gas Fields for Regional Groundwater Monitoring Based on a Preliminary Assessment of Petroleum Resource Development and Proximity to California’s Groundwater Resources

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    Prioritization of Oil and Gas Fields for Regional Groundwater Monitoring Based on a Preliminary Assessment of Petroleum Resource Development and Proximity to California’s Groundwater Resources

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), California State Water Resources Control Board | July 20, 2018...
    Summary

    The California State Water Resources Control Board initiated a regional monitoring program in July 2015 to determine where and to what degree groundwater...

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  • Safe Drinking Water Plan for California

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    Safe Drinking Water Plan for California

    State Water Resources Control Board | June 9, 2015...
    Summary

    In 1993, the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) (now the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) submitted to the Legislature the report...

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  • The Human Right to Water

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    The Human Right to Water

    Pacific Institute | May 1, 2007...
    Summary

    More than a billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Two and a half billion people live without access to adequate sanitation...

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  • The Struggle for Water Justice in California’s San Joaquin Valley: A Focus on Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities

    The Struggle for Water Justice in California’s San Joaquin Valley: A Focus on Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities

    U.C. Davis Center for Regional Change | February 1, 2018...
    Summary

    In California, lack of access to clean, safe, and affordable water is a threat to public health and well-being, and violates the state’s...

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