Managing Water: Avoiding Crisis in California / Edition 1

Managing Water: Avoiding Crisis in California / Edition 1

by Dorothy Green
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

About the Author:
Dorothy Green is founding president of Heal the Bay and among the founders of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, of which she is also president emeritus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520253278
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/09/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy Green is founding president of Heal the Bay and among the founders of the Los Angeles & San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, of which she is also president emeritus. She has chaired the California Water Policy (POWER) conference for the past 17 years and has helped to found the only non-profit in the state, the California Water Impact Network (c-win.org), totally devoted to water supply issues.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
A Land and Water Overview     4
Climate     6
Our Rivers Today     9
Los Angeles Area Water Supplies     14
Local Surface Water: Rivers, Strams, Lakes, and Reservoirs     14
Groundwater     22
Imported Water     32
Conclusion     51
Water Management: Who's in Charge?     53
Water Suppliers: Wholesale     55
Water Suppliers: Retail     70
Groundwater Management Agencies     82
Wastewater Management Agencies     92
Stormwater Management Agencies     96
Water Quality Regulatory Agencies     100
Associations of Water Agencies     104
Water Management Accountability     105
The CALFED Process     109
Conclusion     111
Water Use Efficiency     113
Conservation: Current Practices     114
Reclamation and Reuse     132
Conjunctive Use     151
Watershed Management     155
Ocean Desalination     164
Conclusion     166
Drinking Water Quality     170
DrinkingWater Regulatory Overview     171
Drinking Water Standards and Monitoring Requirements     179
Water Treatment Processes     183
Potential Types of Contaminants in Drinking Water Sources     188
Water Quality Issues, by Source     191
Coordinated Efforts to Clean Up Drinking Water in the Los Angeles Area     214
Conclusion     216
State Policy and the Los Angeles Area     218
Statewide Uncertainties     219
Projected Shortages at Each Aqueduct System     224
Statewide Efficiencies     228
Water Rights and Costs     237
Water Transfers vs. Water Marketing     239
Planning Processes     249
Political Consensus     263
Conclusion     265
Elements of a Sustainable Statewide Water Policy     269
Glossary     273
Native Plant Resources     285
Websites of Interest     287
Suggested Readings     291
Index     295

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