The Water-Energy-Food Nexus and California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

  • Jason J. Gurdak
Part of the Global Environmental Studies book series (GENVST)


Water, energy, and food are among the most critically important resources for society. The demand for these resources is likely to increase in the coming decades because of global population growth, climate change, and other socioeconomic forces. This chapter provides a brief outline of some potential impacts and feedbacks of how Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus concepts may help local managers and stakeholders in California, USA design optimal groundwater sustainability plans to best meet the diverse interests in groundwater resources while implementing the State’s new (2014) Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) law. Sustainable groundwater resources will in turn likely increase the resilience of the WEF Nexus across California.


Water-energy-food Nexus Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) California 



This research was financially supported by the R-08 Project, entitled “Human-Environmental Security in Asia-Pacific Ring of Fire: Water-Energy-Food Nexus” the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan. This chapter benefited from insightful discussions about the WEF Nexus with Ellen Doudna and Dr. Leora Nanus from San Francisco State University and Drs. Makoto Taniguchi and Aiko Endo from the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth & Climate SciencesSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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