California’s water system is in a very delicate place – a transition from 19th and 20th century policies and institutions to a system that must work for a 21st century economy and society. Complicating this difficult long-term transition, the state is now suffering a severe, multiyear drought.
Gov. Jerry Brown has worked hard to develop a balanced response to the drought and is commendably rethinking his options on the costly, highly complex effort to fix long-standing problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Farming groups, environmental interests and urban water users are seeking common ground. Programs to improve water-use efficiency and unprecedented efforts to manage groundwater are underway. Significant new water funding has been approved, and the Legislature has become far more engaged on water issues.
These are all steps in the right direction.
Source: Peter Gleick, The Sacramento Bee, April 30, 2015