Climate change is putting California’s water system to the test. Facing increasingly frequent and intense droughts, shorter wet seasons, and rising temperatures, Californians are struggling to maintain a stable water supply that can meet the needs of our population while keeping our ecosystems intact.
The state’s aging, 20th-century water infrastructure—including dams and levees—urgently needs an upgrade to cope with a 21st-century climate. We need to increase groundwater storage and restore flows to suffering ecosystems and the wildlife that depends on them.
In this video, Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow at the PPIC Water Policy Center, discusses how to meet the water management challenges we’re already facing. Watch the video to learn more about how to manage water in a changing climate.
And please join the PPIC Water Policy Center from November 15-17, 2021 for a three-day virtual conference, “Seizing the Drought: Water Priorities for Our Changing Climate.” We will convene a diverse group of experts to discuss how to tackle climate change’s highly disruptive effects on our water system. This year’s conference will identify immediate actions we can take to boost the state’s resilience. Register now!