The New California Water Atlas

Making water understandable in California

The Original California Water Atlas

The original California Water Atlas was created in 1979 to help address water scarcity issues in the state. It was produced in an effort done in partnership with the Governor's office.


My Water Atlas is well worn from use and is frequently lent out to newcomers to the water world interested in getting a better understanding of the California water picture. As a matter of fact, I plan on lending my copy out this Thursday to a new official in the water world. The basic facts do not change much over time. Some of the B-160 updates have some interesting plates that should be added. Is it strange that the first book ever published by CA was done in Jerry Brown's term as Gov. and w here he is again. I am overjoyed that a reissue is in process!!

It's a vital and great project and data but the presentation is far from ideal. It's confusing, indiscernible, lacks basic scaling and interactive features that would make it fun and informative to explore it.

Hi Ngab,

Appreciate your input on what we have built. We are collecting feedback so we can improve the interface and how we communicate the important facets of this data. Could you please elaborate on the particular shortcomings that you observed? We are keen on hearing from all our users. Hope to hear back from you!

I was asked by Stewart Brand, then an advisor of Governor Jerry Brown, to spearhead a cartographic initiative focusing on California in the 1970s. My original concept was a multi-volume atlas series that would cover comprehensively the physical geography of the state, the socioeconomic condition of its people, the evolving state of the sciences and arts in a geographical/historical framework. Only one volume of the many envisioned, the one on water, was ever undertaken. I am overjoyed to see a modern attempt to update the old book and breathe new life into the subject, using modern technologies and young, enquiring minds.

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