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Water for Growth: California's New Frontier


  • Ellen Hanak


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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  • Ellen Hanak, 2005. "Water for Growth: California's New Frontier," PPIC Research Reports, Public Policy Institute of California, number wtrgth, dez..
  • Handle: RePEc:ppi:ppirpt:wtrgth

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    1. Kenneth A. Baerenklau & Kurt A. Schwabe & Ariel Dinar, 2014. "The Residential Water Demand Effect of Increasing Block Rate Water Budgets," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 90(4), pages 683-699.
    2. Ellen Hanak, 2008. "Is Water Policy Limiting Residential Growth? Evidence from California," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 84(1), pages 31-50.
    3. Baerenklau, Kenneth A. & Schwabe, Kurt & Dinar, Ariel, 2014. "Do Increasing Block Rate Water Budgets Reduce Residential Water Demand? A Case Study in Southern California," 2014 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota 170019, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    4. Emily Yuhas & Tom Daniels, 2006. "The US freshwater supply shortage: Experiences with desalination as part of the solution," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(4), pages 571-585.
    5. 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.
    6. 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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