State Agencies Seek Input on Creating Climate-Resilient Water System

  • by State of California
  • Jun 14, 2019
  • Water News

SACRAMENTO — State agencies are asking Californians to help shape a roadmap for meeting future water needs and ensuring environmental and economic resilience through the 21st century.

The effort seeks to broaden California’s approach on water in the face of a range of existing challenges, including unsafe drinking water, major flood risks that threaten public safety, severely depleted groundwater aquifers, agricultural communities coping with uncertain water supplies and native fish populations threatened with extinction.

Input from the public will help the Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Food and Agriculture craft recommendations to Governor Gavin Newsom to fulfill his April 29 executive order calling for a suite of actions to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways.

The agencies want ideas for actions needed now to help California cope with more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, year-round wildfires, species declines, aging infrastructure, contaminated water supplies and changing demands for water. The input will help determine priorities and identify complementary actions to ensure safe and dependable water supplies, flood protection and healthy waterways for the state’s communities, economy and environment.

“Think about California’s diverse regions 30 years from now,” Cal EPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld said. “What can the state do now to best help people, the environment and the economy thrive even as California’s natural fluctuations grow more variable and extreme?”

Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot urged Californians to think broadly, given scientists’ expectations that the Sierra Nevada snowpack—source of much of the state’s water supplies—will shrink in coming decades as storms grow warmer. At the same time, sea levels are rising, and warmer average temperatures are affecting everything from soil moisture and wildfire risk to energy consumption and crop patterns.

“Water management is risk management, and our risks are changing,” said Crowfoot. “At the same time, our major water projects are aging, overdrawn aquifers must be brought into balance, and we’re struggling to restore native fish and wildlife populations. We’re counting on California’s water experts and the public to help us identify policies and projects that benefit all water users over time.”

State officials will solicit input through the summer at regularly scheduled and special public meetings of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, California Water Commission, State Water Resources Control Board, and other state agencies. The state will work with universities, community organizations, water agencies and others to hold workshops and listening sessions around the state.

To see a calendar of events and learn how to provide input directly to the state agency team, please visit WaterResilience.ca.gov. The agencies expect to submit recommendations to Governor Newsom later this year.

“California’s water history shows that the most durable solutions involve collaboration,” said Secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross. “We’re one state with tremendous regional variety. We urge those of you who know your regions best to look ahead, think broadly, and consider what it will take to achieve regional resilience by 2050.”

Among the questions agency officials are considering:

  • How can the state help communities ensure safe, affordable drinking water?
  • What can the state do to better enable local and regional water districts to capture, store and move water?
  • What state actions can support ongoing water conservation?
  • How can the state better protect fish and wildlife and manage urban and agricultural water through the next drought?
  • What can the state do now to prepare for economic adjustments as communities fully implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in coming years?
  • Which state policies or laws no longer fit California’s water reality or public values?
  • What are the most troublesome gaps in state data that, if filled, would ease regional water management?
  • Are there proven technologies and forecasting tools that should be adopted across California to bolster the sustainability of water systems?
  • What models from other states and nations should California consider?

The agencies encourage groups to work together to submit shared recommendations to the state.

Suggested Resources

15 RESOURCES prev next
Comment Letter: ACWA and CMUA Comment Letter on the Draft Adminsitrator Policy Handbook

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

ACWA Recommendations to Newsom Administration for the Water Resilience Portfolio

Agency: California Natural Resources Agency Subject: Water Resilience Portfolio Letter Excerpt: The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) appreciates the […]

Water Professionals Appreciation Week Toolkit

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Federal Legislative Matrix

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

September 2019 Federal Regulatory Chart

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

COMMENT LETTER: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposed Drinking Water Standard: Perchlorate

Agency: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Subject: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposed Drinking Water Standard: Perchlorate Letter excerpt:  The regulatory determination […]

PFAS Communications and Education Toolkit

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Presentations and Resources from Aug. 7, 2019 Agriculture Committee Meetings

A Proposed Methodology for Quantifying the Efficiency of Agricultural Water Use AWMP Guidebook Working Group AB 1668 Draft Drought Plan […]

Integrated Regional Water Management Policy Principles

On July 26, 2019, the ACWA Board of Directors adopted new policy principles on Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) in […]

ACWA Comment Letter on Notification Levels for PFOA, PFOS

Agency: State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water Subject: Notification Levels and Response Levels for PFOA and PFOS […]

Priority Issues Bulletin

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

July 2019 Federal Regulatory Issues Chart

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

ACWA and CMUA Comment Letter on the Drinking Water Needs Assessment Conceptual Plan

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

ACWA Dues Automation Process Webinar

ACWA has a recording available of the webinar on the new Dues Automation Process. The purpose of this recording is to assist […]

ACWA 2019 Spring Conference Presentations

Presentations from ACWA’s 2019 Spring Conference & Exhibition held May 7-10 in Monterey are available below. Please note that this […]

Suggested News

15 Articles prev next
ACWA Comments on Gov. Newsom’s Plan to Veto SB 1

SACRAMENTO – ACWA President Brent Hastey is issuing the following statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that he […]

OCWD Approves Final Expansion of GRWS

FOUNTAIN VALLEY –– The Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors has voted to award the contract to construct […]

West Basin Completes Recycled Water Pump Station Improvements

CARSON – The West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) today announced its recycled water Pump Station Improvements Project, which […]

ACWA Advocates at Inaugural SB 100 Workshop on Energy Goals

ACWA staff attended a Sept. 5 inaugural Joint Agency Workshop on SB 100, continuing engagement with state leaders on SB […]

Hazardous Fire Fuels to be Reduced at EID Facilities

PLACERVILLE — The El Dorado Irrigation District (District) Board of Directors recently authorized funding of $1,219,620 for a Vegetation Management […]

SB 1 Places Our Environment and Economy at Risk. Let’s Fix It

Many water systems rely on certainty in the Delta to provide millions of Californians and businesses throughout the state with […]

ACWA Delivers Recommendations for Water Resilience Portfolio

ACWA has submitted its recommendations for the Newsom Administration’s Water Resilience Portfolio, highlighting a comprehensive set of recommendations that take […]

Moulton Niguel Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting

For the tenth consecutive year, Moulton Niguel Water District has been honored by the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence […]

Frank Ury Appointed to Santa Margarita Water District Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD, The District) appointed Frank Ury to the Board of […]

Yuba Water Agency GM Wins ASCE 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

MARYSVILLE — Honoring his outstanding efforts and professional achievements in civil engineering, Yuba Water Agency General Manager Curt Aikens this […]

Western adopts capital improvement plan

RIVERSIDE – Western Municipal Water District (Western) has built an innovative blueprint to guide work on 93 capital projects District-wide […]

DWA Launches New Rebates

PALM SPRINGS – Desert Water Agency has new and easier rebates to help customers save water and money. These incentives […]

Oct. 11 Registration Deadline for 2019 Regulatory Summit

ACWA’s ninth annual Regulatory Summit on Oct. 17 in Sacramento will become the place and time to get fully up […]

Helix Water District helps restore water system in Paradise

Helix Water District sent four operations employees to Paradise, the northern California town leveled by the Camp Fire in November […]

Mesa Water District Director Selected As Vice Chair Of O.C. Housing Commission

COSTA MESA — Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) Director James R. (“Jim”) Fisler was selected to be Vice Chair of […]