Actions to Improve California Water Rights Administration and Oversight for Future Droughts

In California, the next drought is always looming on the horizon.  While we don’t get advance warning of when a drought will occur, how long it will last, or how severe it will be, we do have advance knowledge that drought planning and preparation are important.  First, we know water management during droughts can have profound and lasting consequences for state and local water supply and, ultimately, for people and ecosystems.  Second, we know past droughts have challenged those who manage and use water, revealing vulnerabilities in how we cope with drought.  Finally, the more frequent and intense droughts we expect in the future are likely to amplify water conflicts and challenges.  As a result, effective water rights administration and oversight will become increasingly vital in coming years. In my last post, I highlighted some of the key takeaways from research my colleagues and I did to understand how the State Water Resources Control Board…

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