Layperson's Guide Series

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Assembled by the Water Education Foundation, this informative series provides a great foundation for understanding the many different aspects of how water is managed in California. The presentation is from a neutral, non-political perspective and touches upon the many needs for water in California, including agricultural, urban and industrial uses.
 

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Layperson's Guide Series - Agricultural Drainage
Water Education Foundation, 20pp.

Explores the irrigation projects that import water, the dry climate, and the resulting soil conditions that impact wildlife and fish. Includes a drainage primer.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - American River
Water Education Foundation, 1995, 20pp.

The story of the American River is the story of California’s water. Guide includes the tributary development, water rights, flood management and the shift in societal values from development to environmental restoration and preservation.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - California Water
Water Education Foundation, 24pp.

An excellent overview of the history of water development and use in California. Sections on flood management, nonpoint source pollution, federal and state delivery systems, water rights, environmental issues, and options for stretching the supply are included.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - California's Rivers & Streams
Water Education Foundation, 1992, 20pp.

California’s highly variable climate is reflected in its river flows. Cascading from mountaintops, tumbling over boulders and through canyons, coursing through valleys or dammed to fill reservoirs, river waters are critical for the state.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - Drinking Water
Water Education Foundation, 20pp.

The condition of California's drinking water supplies, from both surface and groundwater, are reviewed. This guide examines federal and state laws governing drinking water standards and treatment, and the various process alternatives and risk factors are explained.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - Environmental Restoration
Water Education Foundation, 2000, 24pp.

Provides an overview of the effort to restore California's wetlands, rivers and streams, and populations of endangered species. In addition to a background and chronology on the environmental movement, explains restoration goals; overview of CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program, the importance of wetland, and wetlands management.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - Flood Management
Water Education Foundation, 20pp.

As California towns, cities and farms grew up along the waterways, the need for flood management became imperative. Changes in public perceptions, advanced technology and evolving philosophies about floodplain management have affected procedures.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - Groundwater
Water Education Foundation, 20pp.

An in-depth, easy-to-understand publication with background and perspective on groundwater. Explains what groundwater is and the history of its use in California, plus issues such as overdraft, contamination, clean-up, management and pollution prevention.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - San Fransisco Bay
Water Education Foundation, 20pp.

Provides critical background on the estuary formed by the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Interaction of salt water from the Pacific Ocean and fresh water from the Central Valley creates a unique environment.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - The Central Valley Project
Water Education Foundation, 20pp.

Exploring the history and development of the federal Central Valley Project (CVP), this guide includes information on the CALFED Bay-Delta program, land retirement program, contract renewals, and water marketing.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - The Colorado River
Water Education Foundation, 28pp.

This guide covers the history of the Colorado River's development, negotiations over its division, items that comprise the Law of the River, and a chronology of significant events.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - The Delta
Water Education Foundation, 20pp.

Two-thirds of the state's residents receive at least a portion of their drinking water from the Delta. This guide explores the competing uses that make the Delta one of California's most intractable water issues.

 

Layperson Guide Layperson's Guide Series - The State Water Project
Water Education Foundation, 2004, 24 pp.

Provides an overview of the California-funded and constructed State Water Project, including the 444-mile long aqueduct that provides water from the Delta to San Joaquin Valley agriculture and southern California cities.

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Layperson's Guide Series - Water Conservation
Water Education Foundation, 20pp.

Approaches the issue from a water management focus of how water managers improve the efficiency with which we use developed water resources. Includes a section on drought, agricultural conservation and developments in irrigation techniques.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - Water Marketing
Water Education Foundation, 1996, 20pp.

Provides background information on water rights, types of transfers and critical policy issues surrounding this topic.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - Water Pollution
Water Education Foundation, 1996, 20pp.

Discusses nonpoint source pollution and its effects on California's surface water, rivers, lakes and groundwater supplies.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - Water Recycling (updated)
Water Education Foundation, 1999, 20pp.

Updated version. An excellent reference, providing an overview of the history, treatment and use, legislation, financing, projects and challenges of water recycling in California. As the state’s population continues to grow and traditional water supplies grow tighter, there is an increased interest in reusing treated wastewater.

 

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Layperson's Guide Series - Water Rights Law
Water Education Foundation, 20pp.

The most thorough explanation of water rights law available to non-lawyers. Traces the authority for water in the complex web of California's water rights.

 

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