California has been described as a dry place, with some unusual wet years. The last five years of drought – and precipitation this winter – support this. Per capita water availability is often reported at the state level, yet this spatial scale is not well suited to how we actually can use water. Looking a watershed level gives a different picture of how much water would naturally be available within area. Using open data and open source tools we compare water resources and population by watershed for California and another Mediterranean region to compare how much water would be available without transfers, consumptive use, and other factors.
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