PILOTING A WATER RIGHTS INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR CALIFORNIA

PILOTING A WATER RIGHTS INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR CALIFORNIA

Executive Summary California’s complex water management challenges are growing and intensifying. Systemic stressors like the more frequent and severe droughts and floods driven by climate change are only making it harder to respond. Accordingly, California needs to dramatically improve the ability of local, regional, and State entities to make agile and effective water management decisions. We believe doing so will require enhanced understanding of our water resources and how they align with the needs of a range of agencies and stakeholders. Water rights data provide a crucial opportunity for advancing this understanding. We find that modernizing water rights data is feasible, affordable, and can increase transparency and clarity for better decision making.

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