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Lessons Learned from the California Drought (1987-1992). National Study of Water Management During Drought
PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS LTD CARBONDALE IL
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This report is part of the National Study of Water Management During Drought conducted by the Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This report describes the lessons learned of the six-year California drought 1987-1992. The lessons are aimed at improving the management of water resources during future droughts in California and other states throughout the nation. These lessons capture the views of some 100 interviewed participants representing 57 organizations in California that manage or influence the management of water. The participating organizations represented Federal, state, regional, and local water supply agencies as well as environmental, private, and governmental entities that influence water management in the state. The California drought experience provided the water community with many important lessons. Some of these have been learned and acted upon during the later stages of the drought. Other lessons are yet to be confirmed and are presented in this report as recommendations of the survey participants for water management initiatives and reforms.
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