California Water: A Primer

Water in California is a resource of extremes and it lies at the center of California’s future prospects. In the last generation, the state experienced two major droughts and three major floods. The future promises that these extremes will only increase. With today’s population already at 34 million, the state government anticipates a population of 58 million Californians by 2040.

California strains its water supply to keep up with its Midas-like economic growth and urban development. While the state’s water system is a triumph of engineering talent and economic wealth, its successes are offset by troubling social and ecological conflicts.

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