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  • 2016 Annual Report of Hydrogeologic Conditions, Water Requirements, Supplies and Disposition Santa Maria Valley Management Area

    2016 Annual Report of Hydrogeologic Conditions, Water Requirements, Supplies and Disposition Santa Maria Valley Management Area

    City of Santa Maria | April 13, 2017...
    Summary

    This annual report of conditions in the Santa Maria Valley Management Area, for calendar year 2016, has been prepared to meet the reporting conditions...

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  • A Guide to California Water Right Appropriations

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    A Guide to California Water Right Appropriations

    California State Water Resources Control Board | January 1, 2000...
    Summary

    A guide to California's water right permit process written by the State Water Resources Control Board, dated January 2000. TABLE OF CONTENTS California...

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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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  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Instream Flow Transactions in California

    The purpose of this guide is to help water right holders –and those assisting them – understand their options for keeping water instream in California.

    A Practitioner’s Guide to Instream Flow Transactions in California

    SWIFT Working Group, American Rivers, Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, Scott River Water Trust, River Right, Alford Environmental | March 1, 2016...
    Summary

    The purpose of this guide is to help water right holders –and those assisting them – understand their options for keeping water instream...

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  • A Research Guide to California Water Law

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    A Research Guide to California Water Law

    Loyola Law School | February 21, 2017...
    Summary

    California water law is a complex subject. It is governed by both state and federal law, and is part property law and part...

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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...
    Summary

    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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  • Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities in California’s Drought Water Allocation, Part 1: Water Rights Administration and Oversight During Major Statewide Droughts, 1976–2016

    Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities in California’s Drought Water Allocation, Part 1: Water Rights Administration and Oversight During Major Statewide Droughts, 1976–2016

    California Natural Resources Agency | August 30, 2018...
    Summary

    Climate change has already begun to affect California’s hydrology and water resources, and droughts are likely to become more frequent, longer, and more...

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  • Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities in California’s Drought Water Allocation, Part 2: Improving Water Rights Administration and Oversight for Future Droughts

    Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities in California’s Drought Water Allocation, Part 2: Improving Water Rights Administration and Oversight for Future Droughts

    California Natural Resources Agency | August 30, 2018...
    Summary

     In California, droughts are likely to become more frequent, longer, and more intense in the future, posing increasing challenges for water management, and...

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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 (PPIC) | November 11, 2015...
    Summary

    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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  • An Evaluation of California’s Adjudicated Groundwater Basins

    An Evaluation of California’s Adjudicated Groundwater Basins

    University of California, Santa Cruz | October 1, 2016...
    Summary

    Groundwater is a critical resource in California, providing on average 30 percent of the state’s total water supply and significantly more during dry years....

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