Water, Infrastructure, CEQA Reform Critical to State’s Economy, Report Says

A new report by the California Economic Summit identifies water reliability and investment as critical to the future of the state’s economy.

Compiled by civic and other leaders from across California, the 2012 Summit Action Plan proposes seven initiatives for ensuring short- and long-term economic success and presents recommendations on the state and local level.

Among the recommendations are improving the California Environmental Quality Act, streamlining the regulatory permitting process, financing infrastructure, and investing in and modernizing California’s water system.  

Specifically, the report calls for improving the state's water system by:

  • Integrating the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan into a comprehensive plan;
  • Integrating the “natural” water infrastructure (Delta) and affirming priority water rights and watersheds-of-origin protections and investing in watersheds;
  • Implementing interim measures with intensity of focus;
  • Strongly incentivizing and, where appropriate, enforcing implementation of regional water conservation;
  • Supporting water technology research and development;
  • Educating Californians on the imperativeness of modernizing California’s water system; and
  • Identifying and securing funding sources for implementation of these projects.

The report was developed through a series of regional meetings held from February through April, which culminated in an economic summit in May. Learn more and download the report here.