Statement from The Nature Conservancy on Gov. Newsom's State of the State

Sacramento, CA

Director of External Affairs and Policy at The Nature Conservancy Jay Ziegler said today: “Governor Newsom has pushed the reset button on how California can more sustainably manage water—from the top of the Sierra watersheds to how we use water use in our farms and cities—to meet multiple goals. That’s exactly what we need to do right now.” 

Added Ziegler, “We are very encouraged by Governor Newsom’s commitment to a new portfolio approach to more predictably and sustainably meet California’s water needs. Governor Newsom’s plan recognizes that healthy watersheds begins with healthy forests and requires that we use science to protect our water sources, and to a create a more resilient Bay-Delta ecosystem. 

“The Governor’s approach recognizes that climate change brings difficult challenges to sustainably manage our resources for people and nature. The Nature Conservancy strongly supports his effort to focus on multi-benefit approaches to water management. Flood, fire risk, groundwater recharge, floodplain restoration and better habitat protection should all work together to provide habitat and protect communities. We applaud Governor Newsom’s efforts to chart this course and we look forward to helping deliver on this challenge.”

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