California Water Resources

"Water Resources"

This page contains links to a variety of supplemental materials, including legislation, pending bills, recent court decisions, unpublished opinions, technical reports, and articles.  It is a work-in-progress.

Water Resources

Class Slides

Assignments 1-2

Assignments 3-5

Assignments 6-7

Assignments 8-9

Assignment 10

General References

The New California Water Atlas

Maven's Notebook

California Water Blog

The California Spigot

Pacific Institute Insights

California Water Challenge


California Water Code

Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992

California Water Commission Act of 1913

2009 California Water Legislation

SBX7 1

SBX7 2

SBX7 6

SBX7 7

SBX7 8

2014 Groundwater Legislation

AB 1739 (Dickinson)

SB 1168 (Pavely)

SB 1319 (Pavely)

Pending Legislation

AB 1471: The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014

Proposition One

H.R. 3964: The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act

Drought Regulations

SWRCB Emergency Drought Regulations

SWRCB Curtailment Order for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River

and Delta Watershed

Recent Cases

Light v. SWRCB

Environmental Law Foundation v. SWRCB

Unreported Decisions

Environmental Law Foundation v. SWRCB

EDF v. East Bay MUD

Putah Creek Water Cases

Putah Creek Settlement

The San Joaquin River

San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Agreement

H.R. 1837



Jeffrey Mount, Emma Freeman & Jay Lund, Water Use in California (PPIC 2014)

Ellen Hanak, et al., Managing California’s Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation (PPIC 2011)

Joel Bourne, Plumbing California, National Geographic (April 2010)

Ellen Hanak et al., California Water Myths (PPIC 2009)

The Drought

Los Angeles Times, Chronicling California's Drought

Water Rights

Theodore Grantham & Joshua Viers, 100 Years of California’s Water Rights System:

Patterns, Trends and Uncertainty (IOP Science 2014)

The Delta

Jay Lund et al., Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (PPIC 2008)

Jay Lund et al., Envisioning Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (PPIC 2007)

Delta Vision Committee Implementation Plan (2008)

Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force, Strategic Plan (2008)

Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force, Final Report (2007)


Stanford University: Water in the West, Understanding California's Groundwater

Caitrin Chappelle, Ellen Hanak & Jeffrey Mount, Reforming California's Groundwater Management (PPIC 2014)

M. Rhead Enion, Under Water: Monitoring and Regulating Groundwater in California (UCLA 2011)

Joseph L. Sax, Review of the Laws Establishing the SWRCB’s Permitting Authority Over Appropriations of Groundwater Classified as Subterranean Streams (SWRCB 2002)

Water Transfers

Ellen Hanak & Elizabeth Stryjewski, California's Water Market: By the Numbers, Update 2012 (PPIC 2012)

Ellen Hanak, Who Should Be Allowed to Sell Water in California (PPIC 2003)

Water Conservation, Efficient Use, and Integrated Water Management

Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Potential in California (NRDC 2014)

Urban Water Conservation and Efficiency Potential in California (NRDC 2014)

Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply: Efficiency, Reuse, and Stormwater (NRDC 2014)