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Report looks at eight case studies on environmental water management during the 2012-2016 Californoia drought that reveal both strengths and weaknesses in federal, state, and local response that can inform how California addresses future droughts.
After decades of dysfunction that have exacerbated chronic water problems, California is on the cusp of a new era due to historic groundwater legislation. However, meeting the law’s goals will require overcoming stubborn systemic obstacles, according to a report by researchers at Stanford’s Water in the West program and the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at the Stanford Law School.