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Dividing the waters : governing groundwater in Southern California

Author: William A Blomquist
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : ICS Press ; Lanham, Md. : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, ©1992.
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Southern California supports nearly 20 million people and one of the world's most prosperous economies - in a near-desert climate. Only the presence of local groundwater supplies underlying the desert makes this possible. If ever a natural resource demanded careful, controlled development, southern California groundwater does. Conventional environmental arguments contend that without centralized control, such  Read more...
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Blomquist, William A. (William Andrew), 1957-
Dividing the waters.
San Francisco, Calif. : ICS Press ; Lanham, Md. : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, ©1992
(OCoLC)654261470
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William A Blomquist
ISBN: 1558152008 9781558152007 1558152105 9781558152106
OCLC Number: 26161387
Notes: "A joint publication of the Center for Self-Governance and the International Center for Self-Governance"--Title page verso.
Description: xix, 415 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A Note from the Publisher / Robert B. Hawkins, Jr. --
Foreword / Elinor Ostrorm --
pt. 1. They Prefer Chaos: Groundwater and Governance. 1. Chaos or Order? 2. Groundwater Basins: Their Value and Characteristics. 3. The Lay of the Land: Four Southern California Watersheds. 4. Water Development and Water Law in Southern California --
pt. 2. Institutional Design and Development: Eight Cases. 5. Raymond Basin: Constituting Self-Governance in a Groundwater Basin. 6. West Basin: Simultaneous and Sequential Problem Solving in a Coastal Basin. 7. Central Basin: Developing a Polycentric Public Enterprise System in the Middle of a Watershed. 8. Main San Gabriel Basin: Adaptation, Innovation, and Learning. 9. The San Fernando Valley: Institutional Adaptation under Constraint. 10. The Mojave River Basins: High Desert Drama and Institutional Failure. 11. Orange County: Governing by District, Managing by Incentives. 12. Chino Basin: Basin Governance for Land Use Transition --
pt. 3. Why They Prefer "Chaos." 13. Evaluating Performance: Can "Chaos" Work? 14. Institutional Development and Human Action. 15. Polycentricity, Entrepreneurship, and Performance.
Responsibility: William A. Blomquist.

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Southern California supports nearly 20 million people and one of the world's most prosperous economies - in a near-desert climate. Only the presence of local groundwater supplies underlying the desert makes this possible. If ever a natural resource demanded careful, controlled development, southern California groundwater does. Conventional environmental arguments contend that without centralized control, such resources are doomed. But as Dividing the Waters reveals, efficient and controlled use of southern California groundwater has emerged without either a statewide or regional government program or a "water czar." Instead, local water users have crafted self-governing institutional structures, basin by basin, watershed by watershed. These self-governing arrangements have been remarkably successful. Not only are these water supplies not depleted, they are in fact relatively healthy despite California's recent six-year drought. William Blomquist chronicles the evolution of this remarkable resource governance system in its historical and legal context, focusing on eight major southern California basins. These case studies offer many lessons about the processes by which institutional arrangements are developed, how they function, and why they work. Dividing the Waters argues strongly for replacing resource "management" with resource governance, and for enabling local users to govern effectively the resources on which they depend.

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