Droughts and Water Supply

by John A. Dracup, Univ of California, Los Angeles, United States,
Donald R. Kendall, Univ of California, Los Angeles, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics/Hydrology of Arid Lands (H²AL)

Abstract: The current drought in California and the western U.S. are set in the framework of drought persistence, drought forecasting and reducing the consequences of droughts. During the fifteen year period from 1975-1990, six years have been significantly below average in precipitation and runoff in California and the western U.S. Reducing drought consequences can be achieved through an expanded use of ground water recharge during wet years and expanded ground water pumpage during dry years. Legal and institutional barriers are currently delaying an increased usage of this water management scheme.

Subject Headings: Droughts | Water resources | Legal affairs | Forecasting | Groundwater recharge | Frames | North America | California | United States

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