SACRAMENTO— Water experts and business leaders across the state today are praising the release of California’s new plan to create a more resilient and reliable water future, “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life.” In January 36 scientists from throughout California wrote a letter to Governor Jerry Brown applauding the governor’s leadership and urging common sense steps to increase the reliability of the state’s water supply. The Water Foundation issued the following statements,
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SACRAMENTO—Water Foundation Chief Executive Officer Wade Crowfoot released the following statement following Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to lift the drought emergency:
“This drought devastated communities and natural places across California, so the Governor’s announcement after a wet winter is a very welcome milestone.
Today marks the 24th annual World Water Day, declared by the United Nations to call attention to water challenges and improve how water is managed. As nations and groups around the world use this day to spur progress on water issues, it’s time for our own “call to arms” on water in the American West.
Elizabeth Soderstrom, Water Foundation Strategic Partnerships Officer, sat down with John Cain, conservation director for California floodplain management for American Rivers, to talk about their work on river management. After a winter of heavy rains and flooding, Elizabeth and John discussed a new paradigm for flood management in California and how that can be integrated with groundwater recharge, river and habitat restoration, and greater protection from floods for our communities.