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Our water work brings stakeholders together around issues ranging from groundwater management to new water storage programs and develops new frameworks and models to guide policy about water.

What We’re Working on Now

California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply

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The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS) is a multi-sector forum of experts and leaders convened by Ag Innovations since 2010 to identify obstacles, develop solutions, and take action to enhance water security for agriculture, the public, and the environment in California.

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What We’re Thinking


From Forests to Farms: a Learning Journey with California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC)

From Forests to Farms: a Learning Journey with California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC)

The CWAC learning journey was a vivid reminder of the importance of directly experiencing what we are advocating for, of meeting the people who are creatively engaging those limitations and possibilities every day. Members arrived to the meeting fully equipped with ideas, data, and information about the state of California water, but some had never visited a California orchard, dam, or meadow. Using the time in the tour bus between sites, they exchanged and discussed new information and perspectives on California water challenges and solutions.

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Environmental Leaders, Fortune 500s Announce Collaborative Investments to Protect California’s Water Future

Environmental Leaders, Fortune 500s Announce Collaborative Investments to Protect California’s Water Future

Today, the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC) is announcing its collaborative investments in critical projects designed to protect California’s water future. CWAC is made up of 20 environmental leaders and Fortune 500 companies who are all committed to taking an integrated approach to finding solutions to advance water security and provide a framework for collective action in the state. CWAC members are environmental organizations, food and beverage companies, non-profits, farmers and local water districts. Ag Innovations has been involved since 2015, and this year also began to facilitate the collaborative. We are delighted to be a part of such an active, engaged cross-sector group.

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California Roundtable on Water & Food Supply Reviews the California Water Action Plan

California Roundtable on Water & Food Supply Reviews the California Water Action Plan

After five years of deep dialogue, research, and case analysis on key water issues, the California Roundtable on Water & Food Supply (CRWFS) took on a new challenge this past year: assessing a gubernatorial initiative. What happens when you bring the CRWFS Connectivity Approach to bear on one of the state’s most holistic efforts at water management to date? Read on to find out.

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CRAE Summit: 4 Opportunities for Preserving and Enhancing California’s Working Lands

CRAE Summit: 4 Opportunities for Preserving and Enhancing California’s Working Lands

What needs to happen next to preserve and enhance working lands in California? This was the final question posed to leaders who participated in the 2015 CRAE Summit on the Future of Working Lands. The answers were as diverse as the state’s farms, ranches, and working forests, which have adapted to environments ranging from the deserts of the Imperial Valley, to the towering mountains of the Sierra Nevada region.

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What We’ve Done

Past Projects


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California Agricultural Vision

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in partnership with American Farmland Trust, hired Ag Innovations to facilitate California Agricultural Vision (Ag Vision), a year-long planning process held in 2010, that resulted in the design of a 20-year blueprint for sustaining California’s agricultural economy.

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Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops

In addition to serving as the fiscal sponsor for the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC), Ag Innovations’ staff has provided the organization with facilitation support and project management services since 2009.


Results


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California Water Action Plan: Analysis & Findings by the California Roundtable on Water & Food Supply

The California Roundtable on Water & Food Supply (CRWFS) completed an extensive review of the California Water Action Plan (WAP). Utilizing their holistic framework, the Connectivity Approach, CRWFS produced a white paper identifying major strengths and opportunities for implementing the WAP in a more integrated and adaptive manner for this Administration and beyond.

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Applying the Connectivity Approach: Groundwater Management in California's Kings Basin

The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply’s latest report Applying the Connectivity Approach: Groundwater Management in California's Kings Basin identifies opportunities for improved connectivity in groundwater management planning and implementation in the state.

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Policy Considerations for Managing Agricultural Nitrogen to Reduce Groundwater Contamination in California

Policy Considerations for Managing Agricultural Nitrogen to Reduce Groundwater Contamination in California communicates both a set of key facts important to building policy regarding nitrate in the agricultural context, and a set of key considerations to support effective policy-making.

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