The Water Blueprint for the San Joaquin Valley Sets Priorities to Advance Water Solutions for the Region
Speakers included Karen Ross, Secretary of
the California Department of Food and Agriculture Paul
Gosselin, Deputy Director of Sustainable Groundwater Management,
Department of Water Resources Erik Ekdahl, Deputy Secretary,
California State Water Resources Control Board
The Water Blueprint for the San Joaquin Valley (The Blueprint)
held its large group meeting with over 100 stakeholders at Fresno
State yesterday to outline its priorities to achieve accessible and
reliable water supplies for industries and the communities
throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
The Water Blueprint for the San Joaquin Valley (Blueprint) is a
coalition of local leaders, water agencies, community-based
organizations, farmers, commodity groups, and industry engaging to
identify common-sense water solutions for our community and
Outlined during the meeting, stakeholders provided a framework
with a diversified approach that could grow water supplies and
improve water conveyance so that the San Joaquin Valley can be more
resilient to climate change while also being resourceful in the
years of high precipitation.
Strategic investments in infrastructure in the near-term are
highlighted below as a part of needed implementation plan:
- Interregional Water Planning ($10 million)
- Continued collaborative region planning to ensure the
development of a multi-beneficial water strategy for the
- Studies and pilot projects to identify best practices for
diverting surplus flood water from the Delta.
- Conveyance ($835 million)
- Allocate $585 million to the Department of Water Resources
(DWR) for grants to repair Central Valley conveyance facilities
impacted by subsidence.
- Apportion $250 million to DWR for grants to support local and
regional water conveyance projects.
- Regional Resilience and Sustainability ($1.5 billion)
- There have been 150 groundwater sustainability projects that
have been identified to expedite that will capture local storm
water, increase groundwater recharge, and build resiliency, along
with incentivizing water recycling.
- Multi-Benefit Land Repurposing ($1 billion)
- Allocate funds to groundwater sustainability agencies to
acquire and repurpose land contributing to subsidence that affects
infrastructure such as canals, drinking water wells and transition
those areas to land trusts and other non-governmental
organizations. These firms would acquire land for ecosystem
About the Water
The Water Blueprint serves as the united voice
to champion water resource policies and projects to maximize
accessible, affordable, and reliable supplies for sustainable and
productive farms and ranches, healthy communities, and thriving
ecosystems in the San Joaquin Valley. The purpose of the Blueprint
is simple; divert a portion of water in high precipitation years,
to have as groundwater storage use in dry years. This principle
will help prepare our region during periods of drought, while
ensuring supplies for the agricultural and local communities.
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