Water Commission outlines strategies for drought resilience

The California Water Commission released a white paper last week outlining potential strategies to protect communities and wildlife in the event of drought.

Following months of conversations with State agencies, experts, Tribes, water users, interest groups, interested parties, and the public, the Commission has developed four key strategies for improving California’s drought resilience including:

  • Scale up groundwater recharge during flood events.
  • Conduct watershed-level planning to reduce drought impacts to ecosystems.
  • Better position communities to prepare for and respond to drought emergencies.
  • Support improved coordination, information, and communication in drought and nondrought years.

“Groundwater recharge to replenish our aquifers is a key water strategy for a hotter, drier future,” said California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross. “It provides important ecosystem benefits, protects drinking water wells, and supports climate-resilient agriculture for healthy food production and thriving rural communities.”

The final white paper can be viewed at cwc.ca.gov.

The Commission’s white paper was completed in support of the state’s Water Resilience Portfolio. The Secretaries for Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, and Food and Agriculture requested the Commission’s engagement on this topic.

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