Introduction to Water in California

By David Carle

This completely attractive, concise e-book tells the tale of California's most beneficial source, tracing the adventure of water within the kingdom from the ambience to the snowpack to our taps and meals. alongside the best way, we examine a lot approximately California itself because the publication describes its rivers, lakes, wetlands, dams, and aqueducts and discusses the position of water in agriculture, the surroundings, and politics. crucial studying in a nation dealing with the long run with an overextended water offer, this attention-grabbing ebook exhibits that, for all Californians, each drop counts.

New to this up to date edition:

* extra maps, figures, and photos

* extended insurance of capability affects to precipitation, snowpack, and water provide from weather change

* up to date information regarding the fight for water administration and power solutions

* New content material approximately sustainable groundwater use and legislation, desalination, water recycling, stormwater catch, and present proposals for water garage and diversion

*Additional desk summarizing water assets for 360 California towns and towns

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