Water Resources Management in California

  • Samuel Sandoval-SolisEmail author


California has an intense history of water management and resources manipulation. The main drivers for some of the largest water management infrastructure projects are (1) a spatial mismatch between where most of the precipitation falls on the state and where most of the water is needed and (2) a temporal mismatch of precipitation during winter months and the agriculture season on summer. This chapter describes the legal framework and water allocation systems to manage surface water, groundwater, and environmental water that are guiding California toward adopting an integrated water resources management framework.


Groundwater management Water rights Water allocation SGMA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Land, Air and Water ResourcesUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

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