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 regulation.
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 ecosystem health.”
“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.