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Water for Growth: California's New Frontier

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  • Ellen Hanak

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California’s population is expected to add another 14 million people by 2030, reaching a total of 48 million. One of the most serious concerns of policymakers is whether the state will be able to supply the water needed to sustain such a population. Although many large water projects in the past were undertaken with state and federal leadership, most current options are local or regional in scope. The frontline agencies responsible for water supply are the hundreds of municipal utilities serving the state’s residential and commercial customers. In this report, the author examines how well California is faring in meeting the water supply challenges of growth throughout the state and the extent to which local governments are integrating water supply concerns into their land-use planning. The report also evaluates progress in implementing the new “show me the water” laws, SB 610 and SB 221, which require up-front screening of water availability for large development projects.

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This book is provided by Public Policy Institute of California in its series PPIC Research Reports with number wtrgth and published in 2005.

Handle: RePEc:ppi:ppirpt:wtrgth

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  1. Hanemann, W. Michael & Nauges, Celine, 2005. "Heterogeneous Responses to Water Conservation Programs: The Case of Residential Users in Los Angeles," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt1s43k3fd, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
  2. Ellen Hanak & Jay Lund, 2012. "Adapting California’s water management to climate change," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 111(1), pages 17-44, March.

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