California’s Water Concerns: Agriculture, Drought, and Funding Issues


Preston Fitzgerald (Editor)

Series: Water Resource Planning, Development and Management
BISAC: LAW102000

In California, the roughly 500-mile long Central Valley Project (CVP), one of the nation’s largest water projects, provides water for multiple uses, including irrigation; municipal supply; power generation; and fish and wildlife mitigation, protection, and restoration. Reclamation, which manages the CVP, must balance these competing interests for water, which is particularly important as California enters its fourth consecutive year of an extreme drought.

A series of federal laws enacted from 1992 through 2009 have affected Reclamation’s management of the CVP—the CVPIA, Calfed Bay-Delta, and San Joaquin—and Reclamation is one of the primary federal agencies that manages the programs established to implement specific activities authorized under the relevant legislation and requirements. The U.S. Government Accountability Office was asked to examine Reclamation’s use of funding for the three programs. This book provides financial information for activities carried out under the CVPIA, Calfed Bay-Delta, and San Joaquin programs, including specific legal authorities under which Reclamation requested and expended funds since each program’s inception through fiscal year 2014; and discusses drought in the United States.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


California Agricultural Production and Irrigated Water Use
(Renée Johnson, Betsy A. Cody)

California Drought: Hydrological and Regulatory Water Supply Issues
(Betsy A. Cody, Peter Folger, Cynthia Brown)

Drought in the United States: Causes and Current Understanding
(Peter Folger, Betsy A. Cody)

Bureau of Reclamation: Financial Information for Three California Water Programs
(U.S. Government Accountability Office)


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