Bay Area Water Resources

Bay Area Water Resources

A functioning regional economy requires a secure water supply. California’s climate is famously volatile. While the state has averaged about 21 inches of precipitation per year since 1896, any given year can swing wildly from the mean, resulting in incidences of both devastating floods and remorseless drought.

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Sean Randolph, PhD
Sean Randolph, PhD
Economic Institute Senior Director
Patrick Kallerman
Patrick Kallerman
Economic Institute, Research Director

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The Impacts of a Reduced Bay Area Water Supply

The State Water Resources Control Board is responsible for setting flow objectives on rivers flowing into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect beneficial uses of water. The Board is considering new regulations aimed at improving fisheries on the San Joaquin River. This analysis of the Draft Substitute Environmental Document of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan Update examines the potential impacts.
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Surviving the Storm

Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of such extreme weather events: 2014 was the record hottest year in state history, and according to tree-ring data, one of the driest in 500 years. At the same time, three of the wettest years in recorded California history have occurred since 1980. Along with sea level rise, extreme weather events are creating new risks to the world’s great coastal and delta regions, including the San Francisco- Silicon Valley-Oakland Bay Area. Against this backdrop, and with Hurricanes Sandy and Katrinastill in recent memory, what danger do extreme storms pose to the Bay Area economy today?