Our Latest Western Water Article Examines Efforts to Help Consumers Afford Water as Bills Pile Up Amid Pandemic
Foundation writing team also updated Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Map, and guides on Water Law, Delta & Central Valley Project
As California slowly emerges from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, one remnant left behind by the statewide lockdown offers a sobering reminder of the economic challenges still ahead for millions of the state’s residents and the water agencies that serve them – a mountain of water debt.
Concerns about water affordability, long an issue in a state where millions of people struggle to make ends meet, jumped into overdrive last year as the pandemic wrenched the economy. Our latest article in Western Water explores the hurdles to helping consumers, how some water agencies have devised workarounds and how far more lasting solutions remain out of reach.
Western Water is just one of the publications produced by our journalism team, which includes Jennifer Bowles, who serves as executive editor of Western Water; editor Doug Beeman and chief writer Gary Pitzer.
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Our journalism team also has recently produced or updated an array of educational water resource publications, including:
- Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Map, bringing to it a fresh, new look and new text and images to better tell the story of one of California’s most important ecological and water supply resources.
- Layperson’s Guide to Water Rights Law, one of our most popular guides, which has been updated with an extensive section on groundwater rights and the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act as well as the latest significant court cases governing how water is used in California.
- Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project, updated to reflect the latest developments affecting California’s largest surface water delivery system.
- Layperson’s Guide to the Delta, updated to reflect the latest information about efforts to reconcile ecosystem needs of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta with its role as California’s vital water delivery hub as well as its place as an important agricultural region and a popular recreation destination.
The map and guides are part of the Foundation’s extensive series of educational water publications. You can explore the full catalog here. Contact Doug Beeman with questions.