Public Policy Institute of California
constraint-based regulations, water storage, reservoirs, California, freshwater ecosystems
California’s freshwater ecosystems—its lakes, rivers, floodplains, meadows, natural and managed wetlands, and estuaries—are a vital part of the state’s natural infrastructure. These ecosystems provide numerous benefits, including water supply, hydropower, flood control, fisheries, recreation, and cultural and aesthetic value. They are also home to the nation’s most diverse array of plant and animal communities, with numerous freshwater species found only in California (Jensen et al. 1993; Grantham et al. 2017).
Null, Sarah; Mount, Jeffrey; Gray, Brian; Dybala, Kristen; Sencan, Gokce; Sturrock, Anna; Thompson, Barton; and Zeff, Harrison, "Storing Water for the Environment: Operating Reservoirs to Improve California’s Freshwater Ecosystems" (2022). Watershed Sciences Faculty Publications. Paper 1157.