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In response to the substantial public interest created by the dry weather conditions, the California Department of Water Resources evaluated water supply conditions, changed circumstances since the previous drought, and other factors that would affect drought readiness in the year 2001.
The purpose of this report is to review items that the California Department of Water Resources should consider in near-term drought planning, putting California’s conditions today into perspective with experiences gained in the 1987-92 drought. The report begins with an overview of California hydrology and water supply, then describes conditions encountered in the 1987-92 drought. Changed conditions since that drought are summarized, and their implications discussed. The report concludes with a list of actions that the Department could take to respond to future drought conditions.
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"2000 - Preparing for California's Next Drought -- Changes since 1987-92" (2019). Miscellaneous Documents and Reports. 68.