From the California WaterBlog by UC Davis Center for Watershed
Sciences, in a post by Jay Lund and Ellen Hanak:
“Water policy in California has always been about making and
resisting change. The gold mining period, the growth of
agriculture and cities, and today’s environmental priorities all
led to fundamental changes in water and land management, law and
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The California Water Commission on Wednesday listened to
presentations on three comprehensive, statewide water action
plans originating from different entities – ACWA, the state of
California and an environmental coalition.
“The plans seek to establish statewide priorities and actions
to be undertaken within the next one to five years that will
address the state’s overall water supply reliability and
“Leaders of the three state agencies that deal with California
water availability, quality and consumption said Thursday they
will begin looking at the issues comprehensively rather than
dealing with each problem separately.
“The strategy was detailed In a draft plan released by the
Department of Natural Resources, Cal EPA and the Department of
Food and Agriculture.”
“The state’s $25 billion plan to fix the Sacramento-San Joaquin
River Delta is a start, experts told a group of civic,
government and business leaders Monday. But much more work is
needed to prevent water woes from devastating California’s
economy in the long term.
“A workshop convened by the economic development organization
Valley Vision, the Sacramento Metro Chamber and others brought
leaders together to hear about California’ water challenges.