Introduction to Water in California / Edition 2

Introduction to Water in California / Edition 2

by David Carle
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520260163

ISBN-13: 2900520260169

Pub. Date: 02/20/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

It takes 8 gallons of water to grow a tomato, 616 gallons to make a burger patty. In fact, the food each of us consumes per day represents an investment of 4,500 gallons of water. In this densely populated state where it rains only half the year, where does all that water come from? This book tells the story of California's most precious resource, tracing the journey

Overview

It takes 8 gallons of water to grow a tomato, 616 gallons to make a burger patty. In fact, the food each of us consumes per day represents an investment of 4,500 gallons of water. In this densely populated state where it rains only half the year, where does all that water come from? This book tells the story of California's most precious resource, tracing the journey of water in the state from the atmosphere to the snowpack to our faucets and foods.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900520260169
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/20/2009
Series:
California Natural History Guides Series
Edition description:
Second Edition, Updated with a New Preface
Pages:
292

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction--Water Web: Connected Californiansxi
Tapping Into a Planetary Cycle1
A Great Water Wheel3
The Vital Molecule18
"Normal" Weather: Anything but "Average"23
Droughts23
Floods29
California Water Landscape35
Pristine Waterscape37
Groundwater48
Hydrologic Regions52
North Coast Region52
Sacramento River Region58
North Lahontan Region61
San Francisco Bay Region64
San Joaquin River Region65
Central Coast Region68
Tulare Lake Region71
South Lahontan Region74
South Coast Region78
Colorado River Region81
The Distribution System85
Expanding Watersheds87
The State Water Project92
The Central Valley Project103
Colorado River Delivery Systems110
The Los Angeles Aqueduct115
The Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct118
The Mokelumne Aqueduct123
The North Bay125
Challenges to California Water Management133
Extinction Is Forever135
A Thirsty Garden146
The Salton Sea153
Animal Impacts155
Beneath Your Feet157
Out of Sight, Out of Control160
Can You Drink the Water?164
Giardia166
Mass Medication167
The Bottled-Water Phenomenon169
The Problem Is Us171
Where Does Your Dog Go?174
Unchecked Growth: Messing with the Cycle175
Meeting the Challenges: California's Water Future179
The Public Trust181
Restoration184
Calfed187
The Debate Over Dams191
Build More Behemoths?193
Off-Stream Dams?194
Raise Existing Dams?195
Raze Existing Dams?197
Storage in the Bank200
Transfers: Water As a Commodity204
Short-Cutting the Cycle208
Squeezing the Sponge211
Clean Water215
Lemonade from Lemons216
What Future Do You Choose?219
Acronyms and Abbreviations225
Historical Timeline227
Agencies and Organizations235
References237
Photo Credits245
Index247

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