Anyone who fancies themselves better suited to crafting state water policy than those who are doing it can put that knowledge to test, beginning today.
Next 10, a think tank on California public policy, has created an online California Water Challenge where users pick from a number of different options -- from more dams to desalination plants to higher fines for water wasters -- to overcome a projected severe water shortage in about 15 years.
How will California meet growing demands for water with a limited water supply? That is a central question posed in a new online tool that a nonprofit group created to encourage Californians to think about potential strategies for dealing with the state's big water woes.
The California Water Challenge, which was developed by the San Francisco-based nonprofit Next 10, allows people to weigh the costs and benefits of various policy options, such as increasing water rates, recycling more wastewater, and building seawater desalination plants.
Next 10 water allocation game
If you’ve watched your neighbor “watering her sidewalk” or wrung your hands at the sight of agricultural runoff, now is your chance to allocate the state’s water resources. A new online game lets California residents control the state’s water — virtually, at least.
From desalination investment to mandatory water reductions, the California Water Challenge lets users choose a range of outcomes and see how others voted.
Price tags are attached to decisions, which have varying effects on energy consumption and the environment.
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