The study found that only 16 percent of the watersheds that supply drinking water to Californians are fully protected from human threats. A little over half of the watersheds are under public management and have some level of protection. The remaining third is privately owned with variable levels of protections. Cities and towns around the state vary greatly in the level of protection found in their watersheds—from 27 to 89 percent.Klausmeyer said that he hopes the study helps illuminate for California consumers not only how far their water travels from source to tap, but also how vital the state's water supply is—and how vulnerable.
Groundbreaking Nature Conservancy Study & Interactive Online Maps Reveal Drinking Water Sources For 25 Million Californians
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