Governor Newsom Releases Final Water Resilience Portfolio
On July 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom released a final version of the Water Resilience Portfolio, the Administration’s blueprint for equipping California to cope with more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, declining fish populations, over-reliance on groundwater and other challenges.
The agencies released a draft version of the portfolio for public feedback in January 2020. Input from more than 200 separate individuals and organizations helped shape revisions, including the addition of 14 new actions. The revisions give greater emphasis to tribal interests and leadership, upper watershed health and cross-border water issues.
State agencies intend to track and share progress on portfolio implementation with an annual report and stakeholder gathering.
The California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Food and Agriculture developed the draft to fulfill Governor Gavin Newsom’s April 29 executive order calling for a portfolio of actions to ensure the state’s long-term water resilience and ecosystem health.
To develop the portfolio, state agencies conducted an inventory and assessment of key aspects of California water, soliciting broad input from tribes, agencies, individuals, groups, and leaders across the state. An interagency working group considered the assessment and input from more than 20 public listening sessions across the state and more than 100 substantive comment letters.
The state team thanks everyone who submitted comments and provided ideas over the past several months to help shape this draft Water Resilience Portfolio.
Public Engagement and Outreach
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Consistent with the Governor’s executive order, the Water Resilience Portfolio will incorporate these principles:
- Prioritize multi-benefit approaches that meet multiple needs at once.
- Utilize natural infrastructure such as forests and floodplains.
- Embrace innovation and new technologies.
- Encourage regional approaches among water users sharing watersheds.
- Incorporate successful approaches from other parts of the world.
- Integrate investments, policies and programs across state government.
- Strengthen partnerships with local, federal and tribal governments, water agencies and irrigation districts, and other stakeholders.