The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released the Public Review Draft of the California Water Plan Update 2018
. The draft plan presents a vision for greater collaboration in water management, with a focus on achieving long-term sustainability and improvements to public health, the economy, and the environment.
The California Water Plan
is the state’s comprehensive strategic plan for managing and developing water resources sustainably. DWR publishes a plan update every five years, as directed by California Water Code
Since the last update in 2013, California has experienced a devastating five-year drought, widespread flooding, and historic wildfires – all the effects of a changing climate. California’s new climate reality means coordinated, inclusive water management is more important than ever.
Update 2018 recommends a series of actions to address the most critical issues facing water management in California. The revised plan outlines a path for new or modernized infrastructure, restored ecosystems, efficient regulation, cooperation across water management sectors, and greater return on investment.
DWR will coordinate a two-hour webinar
to provide an overview of Update 2018 and the public comment process. Comments received on this draft will be used to inform the final Update 2018 for release in January 2019.
Public comments will be accepted through January 21 and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mailed to DWR’s Strategic Water Planning Branch, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236-0001.
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Erin Mellon, Assistant Director, Public Affairs
(916) 704-5529 | Erin.Mellon@water.ca.gov