California Water 2020: A Sustainable
By Peter H. Gleick, Penn Loh, Santos V. Gomez, and Jason
Web-published May 2005, originally
published May 1995
This report presents a unique vision of a truly sustainable
water future and discusses way to realize this vision. Although
originally published ten years ago, the report's overall
conclusion -- that California water use is unsustainable
and requires a new approach -- is as true today as it was
the day it was published.
Although California has made progress towards improving
efficiency and reducing the wasteful use of water, the state
still wastes water in every sector of its economy (see "Waste
Not, Want Not" for a detailed look at this issue) and
has much work to do to ensure that there is enough water
for people, bussinesses, agriculture, and the environment.
The Executive Summary is available
online and the full report is available for download
(Executive Overview as a 100
KB PDF, Chapters 1-4 as a 4.7
MB PDF, Chapters 5-9 as a 1
MB PDF) or in print.