Summers are getting hotter. Rain and snowpack are disappearing, and waterreserves are shrinking. This reduction of readily available, adequate waterresources is creating a crisis that directly harms Californians and our environment.
We have developed a set of recommendations on how our water laws can beupdated toaddressthe impacts of drought and climate change. As you will seewhen you read the recommendations, this is not a “blow up the water rightsboxes” approach. Rather it is a focused approach toupdating existing laws,regulations, and funding.
It is also important to note that we recognize these recommendations can andshould be carefully scrutinized and refined in the various public processes. Someare more detailed all the way totheproposed legislative language. Others aremore generally described. Although we gave them the best consideration wecould in the time available, there will undoubtedly be additional drafting and implementation issues that will need to be considered. Also, we recognize that this is not a complete list of all needed upgrades. We hope that others will add their contributions to the process.