Myths of California Water: Virtual Tour


Groundwater is separate from surface water.


Despite some legal distinctions, California groundwater and surface water are often closely interconnected and sometimes managed jointly.

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Source: Christina Connell, UC Davis
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Further Reading

  • Blomquist, W. (1992). Dividing the Waters: Governing Groundwater in Southern California. ICS Press.
  • Faunt, C.C. ed., 2009, Groundwater Availability of the Central Valley Aquifer: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1766, 225 p. Available at here
  • Fleckenstein, J., Anderson, M., Fogg, G., and Mount, J. (2004). "Managing Surface Water-Groundwater to Restore Fall Flows in the Cosumnes River." Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 130(4), 301-31.
  • Hanak, E., J. Lund, A. Dinar, B. Gray, R. Howitt, J. Mount, P. Moyle, Barton “Buzz” Thompson (2010), “Myths of California Water – Implications and Reality,” West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter 2010.