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The Green Life: Getting to the Bottom of California's Water Issues

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January 22, 2010

Getting to the Bottom of California's Water Issues

Reservoir Trying to decode California’s multifaceted water system can easily drown you in false information about the state’s most valuable resource. Don’t let leaky facts dry your thirst for learning about how the Golden State supplies 35 to 40 million people with sustainable H2O. Useful tools exist to explain how the West’s water gets from reservoir to faucet.

The Public Policy Institute of California is a valuable, credible resource. Water is one of the PPIC’s 15 areas of focus. Their water page, however, provides accessible information about flood control, fixing the delta, and myths about the state’s water.

Another resource, the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, is one of the best sites for debunking the prevailing myths about California’s waterways. It busts common misconceptions about our water supply, our ecosystem, and water law. While browsing, a sea of information spills out about what’s true and what’s not about California’s water, the hard facts enhanced by virtual tours, maps, and suggestions for further reading.

-- Nicholas Mukhar

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