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The California Water Library provides easy, organized access to information about California's water by electronically harvesting available information on the Internet into one library database and providing multi-parameter search tools to enable users to find documents based on author, publisher, date, title, keyword, and more.

The California Water Library is a project of Maven’s Notebook, California’s most comprehensive source for water news and information, and a project of Multiplier. Initial development of the California Water Library was provided by the Bechtel Foundation; further development and ongoing operations are funded through grants, sponsorships, and user donations. 

The Opportunity

Although water is arguably California’s most pressing public issue, finding information on California's water issues can be frustrating and time-consuming, even for experienced professionals in the water industry. Valuable reports and information are scattered around the Internet and are difficult, if not impossible, to find using standard search engines. The thousands of reports, articles, white papers and legal rulings produced about California's water each year are buried in a collection of disjointed websites maintained by public resource agencies, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, research centers, etc. Until the launch of The California Water Library, there was no streamlined means to access this information, which is critical for water policy analysts, politicians, researchers, and other professionals to effectively manage our state's water resources.  

The California Water Library was developed to provide users with a unique online archive that provides easy, organized access to information about California's water by electronically harvesting available information on the Internet into one library database and providing multi-parameter search tools to enable users to find documents based on author, publisher, date, title, keyword, and more.  

Our Strategy

The California Water Library constantly aggregates information and provides easy access to authoritative sources that will help inform discussion, debate, and ultimately sound policy related to California's water resources. Resources include reports, issue papers, legal rulings, journal articles, essays, research articles, white papers, online textbooks, letters, memos, maps, and graphics related to California water.   

Our Leadership

The California Water Library was founded and is published by Chris Austin, a leading voice in California water news. The California Water Library, an online research archive of documents, maps, photography and other assets aggregated from myriad sources and sites, is a continuation of Chris’ mission to provide unbiased information about California water issues to public, private, and governmental interests.

Based in Southern California but regularly traveling throughout the state to cover conferences, meetings and events, Chris has earned a stellar reputation among the state’s agricultural, environmental and water stakeholders for unbiased, complete, timely and accurate reporting and news curation. 

With a decade of experience writing and aggregating California water news for multiple websites, Chris Austin has earned several awards for her journalism. In 2015, her work was recognized with a scientific journalism award from the California-­‐Nevada chapter of the American Fisheries Society, and a merit award from the California Water Policy Conference. In 2016, Chris was also recognized by online news agency Environmental & Energy Publishing as one of nine Californians who play key roles in water policy. And Chris recently received The Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting by The Bay Institute, one of the California’s premier environmental groups. 

In addition to writing original content and aggregating news for Maven’s Notebook, Austin also contributes water-­‐related content to Capitol Weekly, Estuary News, KCET SoCal Connected, and Zócalo Public Square.

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