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Provides a summary of a series of research reports examining ways to improve efficiency of water use in California. The focus of the study was deliberately set statewide, although particular areas of the state received attention in some of the companion reports. It is a study of long-range water use problems and solutions, rather than of immediately perceived short-term problems. The entire series of reports analyzes surface water use and distribution, groundwater management, opportunities for enhanced conjunctive use of surface and groundwater, and water planning within the state. A series of modifications in California water law and in the operations of major elements of the California water system are proposed so that water use decisions generally will reflect the full marginal cost of water within the state.

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