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California's Contaminated Groundwater
Is the State Minding the Store?


Despite the importance of groundwater to its population and economy -- and ample evidence of dangerous groundwater-contamination problems that will be expensive to address -- California does not effectively monitor or protect its groundwater supplies. This April 2001 report documents the lapses in the state's data gathering, monitoring, and protection of this vital resource, and makes recommendations for reforms.

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 Drinking Water Sources That Exceed Maximum Contaminant Levels

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Executive Summary
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Groundwater
Chapter 2: The Big Picture: Statewide Information on California's Groundwater Basins
Chapter 3: Down and Dirty: California's Contaminated Aquifers
Chapter 4: A Patchwork Picture: Groundwater Assessment in California
Chapter 5: Improving Groundwater Assessment in California
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Endnotes
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For printed copies of this report, see our Publications List.

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