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Lessons learned during the six-year California drought that were aimed at improving the management of water resources during future droughts.
The 1987-92 drought in California put the long-term strategy of drought protection as well as short-term drought response measures to a severe test. The report provides background information and data on California's economy and water resources, the existing water management system. , a chronology of major drought events and significant drought response actions during the droughts.
The report summarizes the contents of the interviews pertaining to four general aspects of the drought: (1) critical drought impacts, (2) communication and cooperation, (3) the role and responsibilities of the media, and (4) response to the drought of the general public and water users. Chapter VI, "Survey Results: Water Management Issues," summarizes the results of the interviews that pertain to four major aspects of water management during drought: (1) new developments and innovative approaches, (2) critical legislation, (3) timing of drought response actions, and (4) performance of water institutions. Finally, Chapter VIT, "Suggested Initiatives and Reforms," presents the views of survey participants on actions that should be taken to enhance the ability of California's water management system to cope with future droughts. These suggestions are presented under four broad categories including (1) water policy initiatives, (2) agricultural initiatives and needs, (3) urban water management, and (4) environmental protection. I
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