Thursday April 4, 2024

SF Gate

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced the release of the state’s updated water plan, which garnered both support and criticism.

As he stood in the snow-packed Sierra Nevada for a press conference during the April snow survey at Phillips Station, Newsom said the new reality of climate extremes requires a new approach and elevated sophistication in terms of managing the water system.

“The water system in California was designed for a world that no longer exists,” he said, referring to the drastic weather events that have occurred over the last decade, compared to 50 or 60 years ago.

“California is the size of 21 state populations combined. And as a consequence, there’s no one size that fits all … Focusing on local strategies and solutions is the framework, the backbone, of our strategies,” Newsom said.

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