Water Resilience Portfolio
Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on April 29, 2019 directing his administration to think differently and act boldly by developing a comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system. The order directs the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to identify and assess a suite of complementary actions to ensure safe and resilient water supplies, flood protection and healthy waterways for the state’s communities, economy and environment.
State agencies have released a draft Water Resilience Portfolio with a suite of recommended actions to help California cope with more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, declining fish populations, aging infrastructure and other challenges.
Shaped by months of valuable input from across the state, the draft outlines more than 100 integrated actionable recommendations in four broad areas to help regions build water resilience as resources become available, while at the same time providing state leadership to improve infrastructure and protect natural ecosystems.
The draft was circulated for further stakeholder review. Written feedback was invited through February 7, 2020. A final version of the Water Resilience Portfolio considering this additional feedback will be released soon.
The Roundtable submitted an email to Nancy Vogel, Director of the Governor’s Water Portfolio Program on June 5, 2019.
A comprehensive comment letter from the Roundtable was submitted on September 4, 2019 in response to the Portfolio’s request for input in advance of preparing the draft Portfolio.
Roundtable comments to the Draft Portfolio were sent February 7, 2020. You can read them by clicking here.