California's Response to Drought

by Chester V. Bowling,
Scott A. Jercich,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


A reliable water supply is essential in supporting our society. Past experience during droughts in California suggest that appropriate action must be consistent with the severity of the drought condition. These actions must be initiated in a timely fashion and be no more severe than is warranted. The initial response to drought begins with lhe States water resources managers. In many cases these are local agencies. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), which operates the Central Valley Project (CVP), and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), which operates the State Water Project (SWP), also have key roles in water management and drought response. As the largest wholesale water suppliers in California, the CVP and SWP must meet its contractual obligations while at the same time helping to minimize drought impacts on all Californians and the environment.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Droughts | Water shortage | Water reclamation | Water management | Water treatment | Water supply | California | United States

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