Myths of California Water: Virtual Tour

Myth

We can build our way out of California’s water problems with new dams.

Reality

Additional surface storage can contribute to California’s water supply solutions, but is not a cure-all in economic or environmental terms.

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Further Reading

  • Department of Water Resources, 2009a. California Water Plan Update (Bulletin 160-09), Public Review Draft, January.
  • 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.
  • Medellin-Azuara, J., J.J. Harou, M.A. Olivares, K. Madani-Larijani, J.R. Lund, R.E. Howitt, S.K. Tanaka, M.W. Jenkins, and T. Zhu, “Adaptability and Adaptations of California’s Water Supply System to Dry Climate Warming,” Climatic Change, Vol. 87, Sup.1, March, pp. S75-S90, 2008.
  • USBR (2008a), Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation, Plan Formulation Report, US Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento, CA.
  • USBR (2008b), North-of-the-Delta Offstream Storage Investigation, Plan Formulation Report, US Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento, CA.