Tuesday April 30, 2024

Courthouse News Service via Maven’s Notebook

State water management officials must work more closely with local agencies to properly prepare California for the effects of climate change, water scientists say.

Golden State officials said in the newly revised California Water Plan that as the nation’s most populous state, California is too diverse and complex for a singular approach to manage a vast water network. On Monday, they recommended expanding the work to better manage the state’s precious water resources — including building better partnerships with communities most at risk during extreme drought and floods and improving critical infrastructure for water storage, treatment and distribution among different regions and watersheds.

“In the five-year period since the publication of California Water Plan Update 2018, climate change has put unprecedented stress on natural and human systems,” experts say in the plan, which is updated every five years.

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