State Water Leaders Speak of the Need for Water Resiliency and Portfolio Concept During Meeting in San Diego

California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot discusses Gov. Gavin Newsom’s April Executive Order to develop a water portfolio plan for the State’s water resiliency during a panel discussion held in San Diego July 18 organized by the San Diego County Water Authority.

California’s water resiliency was the focus of a panel discussion held Thursday, July 18 in San Diego with key State water leaders in attendance, including California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot, Deputy Natural Resources Secretary Tom Gibson, State Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, and State Water Resources Control Board Chair E. Joaquin Esquivel. An additional 150 leaders in water, local government, business, farming and environmental justice, along with tribal leaders, also participated in the event, which was meant to consider the future of California’s water management in the wake of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s April Executive Order calling for a water resiliency portfolio that

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Water Authority Board Approves Moving Forward with New Study of a Regional Conveyance System between the Imperial Valley and San Diego

Pictured is a map indicating three potential routes for a proposed regional conveyance system that would move Quantification Settlement Agreement conserved water directly from the Imperial Valley to San Diego. Two of the routes (the light blue and purple lines) follow a southern route. The third proposed route, (shown in both a yellow and darker blue line) follows a northern path.

With a focus on prudent future planning for the San Diego area, our regional partners, and the State, the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors adopted a two-year budget on Thursday, June 27, that includes moving forward with a two-phase study of a regional conveyance system that could move Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) transfer water directly between the Imperial Valley and San Diego. The Colorado River Aqueduct currently conveys this water north before it flows to San Diego. This new study, which would be completed over the

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Major Restoration Project at the Salton Sea to Move Forward

This recent photograph of the Salton Sea depicts a section of the southern shore with geothermal plants visible in the distance. The month of May brought positive developments that will allow the State’s Species Conservation Habitat project, a nearly 4,000-acre project, to move forward.

When the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) last met to discuss the status of the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP), Chairman E. Joaquin Esquivel called upon the State to resolve issues causing delays in the State’s lead project at the sea—Species Conservation Habitat (SCH). If you follow Salton Sea issues, then you undoubtedly know that the State did, in fact, reach resolution on several of these issues in May, meaning the State can move forward with a design-build plan for constructing SCH. In this regard, the hope is that the general public will see some movement toward restoration efforts at the sea. Development of the

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