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Implementing the Human Right to Water in California’s Central Valley: Building a Democratic Voice Through Community Engagement in Water Policy Decision Making

Rose Francis & Laurel Firestone

I. INTRODUCTION
Consider this: even one of the wealthiest states in the wealthiest nation on the planet has not fully implemented the human right to water. This state is California, a place which holds a special position in our collective consciousness as the land of “milk and honey,” producing tremendous agricultural bounty that feeds the nation and the globe. Yet despite boasting the eighth largest economy in the world, with a state GDP of $1.9 trillion, approximately one million Californians lack reliable access to safe, affordable drinking water on a daily basis.

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Francis, R., Firestone, L., “Implementing the Human Right to Water in California’s Central Valley: Building a Democratic Voice through Community Engagement in Water Policy Decision Making”, Willamette Law Review, 2010.

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