Public Fear and Misconception Generate Obstacles to Successful Water Banking Projects—Planners Must Focus on Public Process to Educate, Communicate, and Adapt to Avoid Failure
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Within 25 years, California may need up to six million acre-feet of water to meet the demands of its growing population. Because the construction of new surface storage projects continue to be gridlocked by environmental opposition and significant cost barriers, water banking projects will become one of the most common methods to increase water supplies to meet the state’s growing demand while aggressive conservation measures will work to lessen the growing pressure on the state’s finite supplies.
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