Downloadable Publications

Overview

Downloadable Publications

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Solving Water Challenges in Disadvantaged Communities
A Handbook to Understanding the Issues in California and Best Practices for Engagement

An estimated 1 million Californians, living in economically stressed pockets of the state, face daunting challenges in obtaining clean and affordable water to drink, addressing sanitation or stormwater needs, and gaining the help to do so. Across the state, efforts are underway to provide help. The goal is to do so in a way that allows members of disadvantaged communities to express their needs and wants, set priorities and obtain the technical assistance necessary to begin to solve their challenges.

This handbook is intended as a resource for anyone in, or involved with, communities throughout the state that have historically struggled to make their water resource needs known to agencies with the power to help.

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The 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
A Handbook to Understanding and Implementing the Law

This handbook provides crucial background information on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, signed into law in 2014 by Gov. Jerry Brown. The handbook also includes a section on options for new governance.

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Layperson’s Guide to Integrated Regional Water Management
Abridged version

Abridged version of the 2013 Layperson’s Guide to Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM). These 11 pages provide an overview of IRWM. The full 24-page, available for $15.00, offers case studies of IRWM programs and projects established and funded to address specific regional water-related issues such as managing stormwater runoff, recharging groundwater aquifers and land use planning.

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Layperson’s Guide to California Wastewater
Abridged version

This abridged version of the 2013 Layperson’s Guide to California Wastewater provides a brief overview of the wastewater treatment process. The full 28-page guide, available for $15.00, explains the regulatory and legal requirements of wastewater treatment, current challenges facing the industry and a list of additional resources and provides case studies of different wastewater treatment facilities.