Executive Summary of Lessons Learned from the California Drought (1987-1992).
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The 1987-1992 drought in California held public, media, and political attention for years. One of the few benefits of coping with a drought is that the experiences teach the water community lessons that could never be learned in the abstract. The full value of these experiences can be realized only if the lessons are carefully recorded, analyzed and communicated to others. Study Method The approach used to identify the important lessons of the 1987-1992 drought consisted of three activities Literature review of published and unpublished documents Field interviews - Critical review of the draft findings by survey participants and other water professionals. Table 3 lists all organizations that participated in the individual interviews or group interview sessions and classifies them according to hierarchy and their controllinginfluencing role. Several other organizations were approached but could not or did not participate for various reasons. An earlier unabridged report presents the complete results of the study IWR 93-NDS-5. That report also contains relevant background information and data on Californias economy, water resources, and existing water management systems, as well as a chronology of major drought events and significant drought response actions during each year of the drought. This report presents a summary of that earlier study as well as additional information not available when the unabridged report went to print.