California’s Central Valley was once home to some of the world’s most productive Chinook salmon and steelhead habitat. Over the last century, however, dams, levees and other infrastructure were constructed that altered the flow of natural rivers, destroyed habitat and hurt native fish populations, with several species now at high risk of extinction.
Our Partners are leading the way forward.
The Water Foundation provides resources, expertise and connections to funders and grantees that are finding smart ways to improve how we manage water in the West. Our partners span a broad spectrum: business groups, conservation organizations, agricultural associations, urban water agencies, environmental justice groups, and local, state and federal agencies.
Partnerships in Action
In 2011, the Water Foundation learned that WaterSmart Software, a San Francisco-based software company, was asking a compelling new question: If homeowners knew how much water they were using in comparison to their neighbors, would they change their habits and conserve more?
Even as California’s drought began in 2011, many of the state’s aquifers were already significantly depleted, largely because, despite 100 years of effort to establish regulations for better management, California remained the only Western state without laws governing groundwater supply. The more dramatic results of groundwater depletion included the destruction of roads and other infrastructure due to land collapsing by as much as 30 feet, as well as seawater intrusion into vital freshwater sources along the state’s Central Coast.
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