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Managing Water

Avoiding Crisis in California

Ms. Dorothy Green


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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.

Praise For Managing Water: Avoiding Crisis in California

“Offers much food for thought about the complex world of water management in the Golden State. Provides reasoned, thoughtful and insightful arguments about sustainability.”
— Salinas Californian

“This is not a book just for Californians but anyone in the US.”
— Botanical Rsrch Inst Of Tx, Jbrit

“A highly valuable resource manual. . . . Useful for practitioners and concerned citizens . . . who want to familiarize themselves with water issues.”
— California History

University of California Press, 9780520253278, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2007

About the Author

Dorothy Green is founding president of Heal the Bay and among the founders of the Los Angeles & San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, of which she is also president emeritus. She has chaired the California Water Policy (POWER) conference for the past 17 years and has helped to found the only non-profit in the state, the California Water Impact Network (, totally devoted to water supply issues.