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California water adequacy laws: what potential for climate change adaptation? Pepper, Nancy


This paper assesses the potential effectiveness of California’s water adequacy laws, specifically Senate Bill 610 and Senate Bill 221, as climate change adaptation tools. To undertake the analysis, I reviewed legislation, case law, and a selected municipal plan. This provided an analytical understanding of the law’s functioning. The definition of adaptation and the five evaluation factors of 1) anticipatory vs. reactive adaptation, 2) appropriateness of time horizon, 3) data gathering and use, 4) scope of application and 5) support of flexibility were identified through a review of climate change adaptation literature. I applied the factors in an assessment of California’s Water Adequacy Laws and discuss the findings.

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