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California water future called ‘bleak’

February 28, 2011 Comments off

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by Staff Writers
Sacramento (UPI) Feb 24, 2011
Scientists say the water situation in California is “bleak” and the state needs to act to bolster its entire aquatic ecosystem.

“Our assessment of the current water situation [in California] is bleak,” says Ellen Hanak, a Public Policy Institute of California economist. “California has essentially run out of cheap, new water sources.”

The institute has released its findings in a publication written by a team of scientists, engineers, economists and legal experts from three University of California campuses and Stanford University, AAA ScienceMag.org reported Thursday.

Their report says water quality is deteriorating, pollution from agricultural runoff is increasing, and efforts to manage water and species recovery are Read more…