Managing Water Avoiding Crisis in California

ISBN-10: 0520253272
ISBN-13: 9780520253278
Edition: 2007
Authors: Dorothy Green
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Water in California is controlled, stored, delivered, and managed within a complex network of interlocking and cooperating districts and agencies. Unraveling and understanding this system is not easy. This book describes how the current system works (or doesn't work) and discusses the issues that face elected officials, water and resource managers, and the general public. Using the Los Angeles area as a microcosm of the state, environmental activist Dorothy Green gathers detailed information on its water systems and applies the lessons learned from this data statewide. A useful primer on watershed and water policy issues, this book provides reasoned, thoughtful, and insightful arguments about sustainability.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Land and Water Overview
Climate
Our Rivers Today
Los Angeles Area Water Supplies
Local Surface Water: Rivers, Streams, Lakes, and Reservoirs
Groundwater
Imported Water
Conclusion
Water Management: Who's in Charge?
Water Suppliers: Wholesale
Water Suppliers: Retail
Groundwater Management Agencies
Wastewater Management Agencies
Stormwater Management Agencies
Water Quality Regulatory Agencies
Associations of Water Agencies
Water Management Accountability
The CALFED Process
Conclusion
Water Use Efficiency
Conservation: Current Practices
Reclamation and Reuse
Conjunctive Use
Watershed Management
Ocean Desalination
Conclusion
Drinking Water Quality
Drinking Water Regulatory Overview
Drinking Water Standards and Monitoring Requirements
Water Treatment Processes
Potential Types of Contaminants in Drinking Water Sources
Water Quality Issues, by Source
Coordinated Efforts to Clean Up Drinking Water in the Los Angeles Area
Conclusion
State Policy and the Los Angeles Area
Statewide Uncertainties
Projected Shortages at Each Aqueduct System
Statewide Efficiencies
Water Rights and Costs
Water Transfers vs. Water Marketing
Planning Processes
Political Consensus
Conclusion
Elements of a Sustainable Statewide Water Policy
Glossary
Native Plant Resources
Websites of Interest
Suggested Readings
Index

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