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From Crisis to Connectivity: Renewed Thinking About Managing California’s Water & Food Supply

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From Crisis to Connectivity: Renewed Thinking About Managing California’s Water and Food Supply released in 2014 by the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS), a project of Ag Innovations, describes the connectivity approach, a whole-systems framework to proactively address California’s increasingly complex water and food supply challenges. Including guiding principles for connected thinking, institutional linkages, and public & stakeholder engagement, the report points to successful examples of this approach, further detailed in Applying the Connectivity Approach: Water and Food Supply Projects in California that Connect, Link, and Engage.

Project: California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply

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“Ag Innovations' engagements are thoughtful, productive and effective, and allow for stakeholders to engage proactively, resulting in solution-based outcomes.”
Thad Bettner, Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District

Solutions

It is evident that water crises in California are not new. In recent times, however, record drought, groundwater contamination and overdraft, environmental impacts, aging infrastructure, a growing population, competing water needs, and climate change have further elevated the sense of urgency in addressing California’s water quality, supply reliability, and food production. 

Recognizing the complex and long-term nature of these challenges, CRWFS began a yearlong series of dialogues focused on what the members believe is the major impediment to resolving these issues—widespread disconnection—and identifying a new, strategic and unified approach to addressing them.

From Crisis to Connectivity: Renewed Thinking About Managing California’s Water and Food Supply describes the resulting connectivity approach. The report provides a whole-systems framework for applying the concept of connectivity to our water management decisions, including guiding principles for:

  • Connected thinking
  • Institutional linkages
  • Public and stakeholder engagement

Various food and water management projects are already underway throughout the state that apply these guiding principles and generate the sorts of connected-benefit solutions described in the report. Several of these are featured in the accompanying booklet, Applying the Connectivity Approach: Water and Food Supply Projects in California that Connect, Link, and Engage.

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