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As different as we all are, we all have something very valuable in common. Cities to farms, mountains to valleys…the whole of California…is precious and something we all need to protect — for our own benefit and the well-being of the entire planet.

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More effective policies, local and statewide, can bring profound and lasting change. The passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 serves as a perfect example. Establishing California’s first statewide management and regulatory framework for groundwater, it is driving a major shift in state and local agencies.

In addition, ensuring reliable funding for a new generation of water projects, advocating for effective use of bond funding, and encouraging the state to develop long-term funding for water policies and systems, play an increasingly important role.

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Targeted, on-the-ground solutions can be used as new models across California and elsewhere. In line with meeting the needs of cities, farms, and the environment, our work is organized around three regions — Los Angeles, the Central Valley, and the Lower San Joaquin River Basin. Each helps illustrate effective and replicable methods for achieving large-scale sustainability and creates momentum for statewide policy objectives.

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By creating coalitions of nontraditional stakeholders, breaking through traditional opposition becomes a possibility. Working with nonprofit organizations, progressive water managers, agricultural and business interests, thought leaders, and others…we are building a self-sustaining movement for change in a traditionally conservative sector.