Chapter 6: Hydrology

Limited Water Resources Demand Our Attention

An understanding of California’s complex hydrology requires some combined knowledge of how geology, geomorphology, climate, and plant communities interact to produce the state’s natural waterscapes. Humans increasingly impact and exploit these water resources. Therefore, we must also use the expertise of engineers and chemists to help us distribute quality water for diverse uses across the state. Historians remind us of our past mistakes and successes in water use, while professionals in the social sciences, economics, and law must plan together to solve problems related to current and future water distribution, quality, and costs.

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