Managing Water

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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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.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
A Land and Water Overviewp. 4
Climatep. 6
Our Rivers Todayp. 9
Los Angeles Area Water Suppliesp. 14
Local Surface Water: Rivers, Streams, Lakes, and Reservoirsp. 14
Groundwaterp. 22
Imported Waterp. 32
Conclusionp. 51
Water Management: Who's in Charge?p. 53
Water Suppliers: Wholesalep. 55
Water Suppliers: Retailp. 70
Groundwater Management Agenciesp. 82
Wastewater Management Agenciesp. 92
Stormwater Management Agenciesp. 96
Water Quality Regulatory Agenciesp. 100
Associations of Water Agenciesp. 104
Water Management Accountabilityp. 105
The CALFED Processp. 109
Conclusionp. 111
Water Use Efficiencyp. 113
Conservation: Current Practicesp. 114
Reclamation and Reusep. 132
Conjunctive Usep. 151
Watershed Managementp. 155
Ocean Desalinationp. 164
Conclusionp. 166
Drinking Water Qualityp. 170
Drinking Water Regulatory Overviewp. 171
Drinking Water Standards and Monitoring Requirementsp. 179
Water Treatment Processesp. 183
Potential Types of Contaminants in Drinking Water Sourcesp. 188
Water Quality Issues, by Sourcep. 191
Coordinated Efforts to Clean Up Drinking Water in the Los Angeles Areap. 214
Conclusionp. 216
State Policy and the Los Angeles Areap. 218
Statewide Uncertaintiesp. 219
Projected Shortages at Each Aqueduct Systemp. 224
Statewide Efficienciesp. 228
Water Rights and Costsp. 237
Water Transfers vs. Water Marketingp. 239
Planning Processesp. 249
Political Consensusp. 263
Conclusionp. 265
Elements of a Sustainable Statewide Water Policyp. 269
Glossaryp. 273
Native Plant Resourcesp. 285
Websites of Interestp. 287
Suggested Readingsp. 291
Indexp. 295
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