View of riparian habitat along the Cosumnes River north of Rancho Murrietta, CA.
Cosumnes River View of riparian habitat along the Cosumnes River north of Rancho Murrietta, CA. © Jeff Hart

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The Nature Conservancy on Newsom Administration's Release of the Water Resilience Strategy

San Francisco, CA

“The Nature Conservancy supports the Newsom Administration’s draft Water Resilience Portfolio recommendations to develop a comprehensive and science based water management plan to better meet the needs of people and the environment," said Jay Ziegler, director of External Affairs and Policy, The Nature Conservancy, California Chapter.

“We look forward to reviewing the portfolio in detail – and providing more detailed recommendations, but appreciate the Administration’s attention to improve science-based water management, coordinated infrastructure that looks to prioritize investments in natural infrastructure, and its emphasis in protecting natural ecosystems. In particular, The Nature Conservancy supports “whole systems” watershed management from headwaters in the Sierra to multi-benefit urban stormwater and recycling that provide more reliable local water supplies. Defining stream flow and habitat needs as well as sound SGMA implementation will also play important roles in increasing California's water resilience."

“State leadership is essential to restore the environmental health of key river systems to recover and sustain fish and wildlife. As the Administration’s draft Water Resilience Plan notes, this requires effective standard-setting, continued investments in science, and more dynamic, holistic environmental water management."

“In particular, we also support the Administration’s efforts to call for water planning across wet and dry water year scenarios – which we know will become more variable and intense as we look to a future of more extreme droughts and floods and hotter temperature. State investments in the right places will enable preparation, protective actions, and adaptive management to help weather these stresses for both people and nature.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.