Bay Area Council Leads North-South-Valley Coalition to Boost Drought Resilience
The Bay Area Council and the Southern California Water Coalition this week asked state leaders to commit $6.5 billion from the General Fund towards strengthening California’s drought resilience as the state sinks deeper into the third year of a historic drought. The coalition’s top priority is a $1.76 billion request to vastly expand water recycling in California. Recycled wastewater is a proven drought resilient water supply and can help diversify the economy’s reliance on vulnerable rain-and-snow based systems.
The request also included funding to repair aging dams and aqueducts, groundwater storage, regional interties, desalination, modern data systems, water sector innovation, and more. See the letter here. To engage with the Bay Area Council’s Water & Climate Resilience Committee, please contact Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Adrian Covert.