Protecting California’s Water Assets: State Releases New Water Resilience Portfolio

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Abundant and clean water supplies will be essential for California’s people, communities and economy to thrive in the future. Yet, the state faces significant challenges on the road to water security.

To address those difficulties, Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration has released a draft “Water Resilience Portfolio” designed to ensure that California’s water systems, both natural and constructed, will adequately support our growing state in the future. The state seeks further review and comments on the document by February 7 via email comments at input@waterresilience.ca.gov.

The Portfolio consists of more than 100 separate actions designed to improve the state’s ability to contend with limited water supplies, population growth, aging infrastructure, a warmer and more variable climate, and more extreme droughts, floods and wildfires.

As the document explains, no single solution can completely address the state’s water challenges. Rather, achieving water resilience “will be achieved region by region based on the unique challenges and opportunities in each area.”

The Portfolio was developed by the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Food and Agriculture, pursuant to an Executive Order issued by Newsom in April 2019 calling for a portfolio of actions to strengthen and ensure long-term water resilience and ecosystem health. The document was informed by comments from water agencies, business leaders, farming and residential interests, tribes, policy experts and community voices, as well as input from public listening sessions held throughout the state.

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