This is the first of a series of blog posts on California Water Research's recommendations for the Water Resilience Portfolio. Principles for State Investment in Climate Adaptation The first priority of the state must be increasing resiliency of the existing built environment, and protecting vulnerable populations from catastrophic effects of climate change. Catastrophic climate change … Continue reading Principles for State Investment in Climate Adaptation
The State Water Resources Control Board held a listening session to receive input on the Water Portfolio. Deirdre Des Jardins made the following comments for California Water Research on deep adaptation to extreme impacts of climate change -- droughts and flooding. Water agencies need to plan for reliability of ecosystem water during droughts. There were … Continue reading CWR comments at the Water Board’s Water Portfolio Listening Session
On Monday, April 29, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-10-19, “directing the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to identify and assess a suite of complementary actions to ensure safe and resilient water supplies, flood protection and healthy waterways for the … Continue reading California’s Water Resilience Portfolio should reduce GHG emissions
One of the major impacts of climate change will be on water resources. Many scientists believe that the recent, unprecedented droughts in California and other western states could be the beginning of a permanent transition to a drier climate in the region. In California, many climate change models project significant drying in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River … Continue reading Why Urban Conservation is Critically Important for Adapting to Climate Change
The problem is not growing water-intensive crops in California, but growing them in the driest areas in the state. The arid scrubland on the southern floor of the San Joaquin Valley gets about 7-8 inches of rain a year.
The June 12, 2012 U.S. Drought Monitor shows continuing extreme drought in many areas of the Southwest, including southwestern Arizona, and eastern New Mexico and western Texas. The drought monitor also shows severe drought in Nevada and the Central and Southern Sierras. The final survey of snow water content by the Department of Water Resources showed levels close … Continue reading Drought and Climate Change in California — Part I