Major events in California water and beyond have shifted the landscape and the priorities for local, state and federal action, according to a new report by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).
Racial unrest has exposed water equity issues. A megadrought may be on the horizon. Conflicts have escalated over Delta flows, with nearly 20 lawsuits filed. Gov. Gavin Newsom finalized his Water Resilience Portfolio. And the recession is presenting hard choices for local and state funding priorities.
Among the key elements in the report, the researchers urge collaboration to reduce uncertainties in agricultural water supplies. They call for broad-based partnerships and industry support for farmworker communities as well.
PPIC will host three panel discussions covering the report and priorities, starting Thursday at 11 a.m. Speakers include agency directors, water managers and Calif. Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman.