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Climate Change Resources

Even preliminary studies indicate that a changing global climate will have vastly-important implications on droughts, agriculture, patterns of precipitation, the density of the snowpack, and the health of our once-thriving freshwater delta. The Community Water Center has compiled a list resources and studies that explain how California's Central Valley might be affected if significant action is not taken. 

  • A Water Adaptation Guide, prepared in accordance with current threats on water treatment and management, that provides details on how some of California's most vulnerable communities might be affected.

  • A Drought Equity Report which analyzes how the drought has affected (and continues to affect) some of California’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. The report analyzes water shortages, price hikes, and structural barriers to achieving universal access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water for all Californians.
  • A Water Resources Factsheet, composed by the Department of Water Resources, with details on how warmer temperatures will effect regional weather patterns and infrastructure
  • A California Drought Factsheet, with information on how the most severe conditions were exacerbated by a changing global climate. Historical Data, as well as current and future trends for Severe Weather Events
  • A California Water Infrastructure Factsheet, with information on where California’s water comes from, as well as how its insufficient water storage and filtration infrastructure will be strained during periods of climate variability.
  • A Climate Change Threat List, with information on California’s unique position as a “Green State” amidst a climate-denying administration, as well as long-range planning and bond measure information.
  • An Immediate Threat Factsheet, prepared by the Public Policy Institute of California, with extensive information regarding flood planning and conservation of endangered and keystone species. Also includes an assessment of current goals and climate change plans in California.
  • A Sustainable Cities Study, researched and prepared by the University of Southern California, with extensive analysis on the drought- and flood-readiness of cities throughout California and the burgeoning threats they may face in the coming years due to Climate Change.
  • A Conjunctive Use Study, prepared by the United States Geological Survey, outlining the impacts that climate change will have on groundwater. The study places particular emphasis on recharge, discharge, and groundwater withdrawals.


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