Wetter or Not

undefinedAs California heads into its fourth consecutive year of drought, the impacts on cities and farms, as well as on the health of California’s rivers, wildlife and fisheries are intensifying. While Californians can’t change the weather, federal, state, and local leaders can take immediate steps to help California weather the current drought and become more drought-resistant in the future. California Coastkeeper Alliance is a coalition member of 15 environmental, fishing and public policy organizations that recently released a set of recommended actions to modernize California’s water system and respond to the drought.

The coalition’s report: Wetter or Not – Actions to Ease the Current Drought and Prepare for the Next, is a comprehensive set of recommendations for near-term action by local, state, and federal agencies and lawmakers — many of which are designed to ensure that the funds in the recently approved water bond are spent efficiently and effectively. The coalition’s recommendations call for action in a broad range of areas of importance to California Waterkeeper organizations, including tools to promote outdoor water savings, water recycling, and programs to facilitate recharge of groundwater basins. Together, these recommendations can tap into the enormous potential to develop millions of acre-feet of new water for California.

Read the coalition's recommended actions here

Read the coalition's Press Release here.

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California Enters Fourth Year of Drought

As California enters its "wet season", it also enters its 4th consecutive year of drought. The unprecedented lack of rain has left fish stranded, aquifers damaged and depleted, and communities without access to safe, affordable drinking water. While conservation solutions are able to provide immediate relief, water districts continue to double down on past mistakes by proposing large surface storage and ocean desalination projects. 

As the prospect of a long drought looms over the West, California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA) continues to hold the line against the single purpose, expensive, and simply bad investments increased surface storage and ocean desalination promise for our water future. Concurrently, CCKA is working on larger policy issues that will place the state on a path towards water resiliency, including: the implementation of sustainable groundwater management, the need to capture stormwater as a resource, and prioritizing drinkable water recycling.  As an immediate solution, CCKA is calling for the reuse of discharged drinking water to become a mandatory component of the state’s new Drinking Water Discharge Permit

Read more about CCKA's drought work here.

Learn about the targeted drought work of our statewide Waterkeeper network here.

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