No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops.
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CALmatters guest commentary, Aug. 6, 2018
In the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll, voters said drought, water supply, and water pollution are the state’s most pressing environmental challenge.
Californians recognize that water fuels our economy, grows our food, and sustains our natural places.
It’s also in peril:
SACRAMENTO—Today (5/31/18), Governor Brown signed legislation that puts California on a path to a more reliable and affordable water future by making conservation a way of life. Authored by Assemblymember Laura Friedman and Senator Robert Herzberg, AB 1668 and SB 606 will improve water efficiency and minimize waste, while improving drought planning for communities most vulnerable to water shortages.
Today (1/24/18), Governor Brown offered his final State of the State address. We applaud the governor for making water a top priority in the last year of his administration: “Along with clean air, clean water is a fundamental good that must be protected and made available on a sustainable basis. When droughts occur, conservation measures become imperative.”
SACRAMENTO—Water Foundation Chief Executive Officer Wade Crowfoot released the following statement following Governor Jerry Brown’s release of his administration’s proposed budget for 2018-19.
At the Water Foundation, we build bridges among diverse leaders and catalyze powerful partnerships to get things done while helping shape these collaborations into lasting networks. Victor Griego, founder of Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL) is focused on educating and developing those leaders who will help solve California’s water challenges. Elizabeth Soderstrom, the Water Foundation’s strategic partnerships officer, recently spoke with Victor about California’s future water leaders.
By Lester Snow
This op-ed appeared in Capitol Weekly on Sept. 14, 2017.
This week the California Legislature is considering two critical water bills that will reduce water waste and improve drought planning. Senate Bill 606 (Hertzberg/Skinner) and Assembly Bill 1668 (Friedman) deserve the legislature’s full support.