December 21, 2018 - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) yesterday released the Public Review Draft of the California Water Plan Update 2018. The draft plan presents a vision for greater collaboration in water management, with a focus on achieving long-term sustainability and improvements to public health, the economy, and the environment.
(Left) Merced River in Mariposa County Credit: Sierra Sun Times file photo
Since the last update in 2013, California has experienced a devastating five-year drought, widespread flooding, and historic wildfires – all the effects of a changing climate. California’s new climate reality means coordinated, inclusive water management is more important than ever.
Update 2018 recommends a series of actions to address the most critical issues facing water management in California. The revised plan outlines a path for new or modernized infrastructure, restored ecosystems, efficient regulation, cooperation across water management sectors, and greater return on investment.
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