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

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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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California's Drought: We’re All in This Together

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California has endured four years of severe drought, causing a new level of anxiety about the future of our water supply. The members of the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE)—a forum for dialogue among agricultural, environmental, and governmental leaders—ask our fellow Californians to work together to find common ground and collaborate on long-term solutions in service of the greater public good.

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A Window into Upper Watershed Collaboration in the Sierra Nevada

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The Sierra Water Workgroup (SWWG) convened in August to discuss three critical headwater issues: groundwater, protecting in-stream flows, and disadvantaged regions and communities. As the source of 60% of California's developed water supply, the diverse mountainous region shares unique challenges and opportunities. In their August conference, SWWG coalesced around five pathways toward collective action that will improve the long-term health of the state's headwaters.

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Facilitating California’s Groundbreaking Groundwater Governance System

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The historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was signed into law in the fall 2014, providing the first comprehensive framework for regulating groundwater in California. It requires new Groundwater Sustainability Agencies in at-risk groundwater basins to develop management plans for their region. This is a huge undertaking, and the state has recognized the need to connect water management groups with professional facilitators to ensure success. About one year into the new act, let's explore where we are with SGMA implementation and how we got here.

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A Strategic, Connected, and Adaptive California Water Action Plan

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In California’s multiple responses to the drought, there is one key initiative that remains relatively unknown: the California Water Action Plan. The Plan calls for coordinated action to address the dynamic and interconnected challenges faced by the state’s water system. Efficient and effective coordination is exactly what is needed, but the question is, how do the actions of multiple agencies align to advance solutions that are strategic, connected, and adaptive?

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The Drought Blame Game

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So, who really IS to blame for California’s drought? With media headlines demonizing the almond industry for their gallon-per-nut water usage and scolding urban populations for their lack of water conservation, there’s no single, clear-cut answer. The members of the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE) recently met to untangle the myths surrounding our current water crisis.

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