Eliminate Paper Water
Shasta Dam in the late 1970s.
Paper water can be observed for any watershed any time people and corporations argue about water use and water rights, including the rights of ecosystems to flows remaining in the stream for their survival.
There is no one correct way to calculate or estimate paper water for a stream or watershed. California law provides three ways for people fighting about water to resolve their water rights and make them more reliable than they had been:
C-WIN fights paper water through our Water Rights Action Program before the State Water Board, where the public interest, public trust resources, and constitutional waste and unreasonable use issues can be raised by members of the public. We don't own any water rights ourselves.
There are several arenas for paper water where C-WIN gets involved.