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1 California Water Plan Presented by: Emily, Juhn-Yuan, Zhi, Cheng-Wei, Mitchel Source:

2 Organization 1.Process and Structure of California Plan: Juhn-Yuan Su 2.Demand Management: Mitchell Bartolo 3.Economic Incentives: Cheng-Wei Yu 4.Environmental Flows: Zhi Li 5.Climate Change: Emily Palmer

3 Steering Committee “The State Agency Steering Committee collaborates to develop a more comprehensive Water Plan Update that strategically integrates California's water supply, water use efficiency, water quality, flood management planning and environmental stewardship, as well as respective agency missions and goals.” – Taken from:

4 Mark Cowin John Laird

5 Public Advisory Committee Responsible for updating the California Water Plan approximately every 5 years Began in 1966 with Bulletin Board 160 – Used to be Bulletin 25 (1930), then Bulletin 1 (1951), then Bulletin 3 (1957)

6 Tribal Advisory Committee Composed of Native American Tribes in California Ensure that the California Water Plan includes: – Tribal Perspectives on Water – Tribal Perspectives on Land – Tribal Perspectives on Culture

7 STEPS 1.Steering Committee- expertise and planning 2.Public Advisory Committee- suggestions; develop comprehensive approach to planning 3.Topic-Based Caucuses- meetings open to the public on different subjects 4.Tribal Advisory Committee- Native American incorporation into plan 5.Federal Agency Network- policy recommendations and strategies for water planning

8 California Water Plan (2013) FIVE VOLUMES – Volume 1: Basic Plans and Strategies – Volume 2: Topic-Specific and Technical Plans (Water Quality, Flooding, etc.) – Volume 3: Hydrologic Region Specific – Volume 4: References to Back Up Claims (60+ Articles) – Volume 5: Technical Information (Assumptions, etc.)

9 Demand Management ● Current demand: o CA has largest and most diverse economy o Leading agricultural producer o River, wetland, coastal ecotourism o Most populous state ● Biggest issue: location and timing of water uses versus supply o Ex: The top 5 most populous counties are in SoCal- “forcing the desert to bloom” o Historically: large projects to move massive quantities of water large distances o Many criticisms

10 Demand Management (contd.) ● Two key strategies: 1.Agricultural water use efficiency 2.Urban water use efficiency 1. Agricultural water use: ❖ Agricultural Water Management Council ➢ MOU and EWMPs ❖ Make CA-funded grant programs and incentives a priority (CALFED) ➢ hardware, water management, crop water consumption ❖ Education and motivation ➢ irrigation data, innovative tech, pilots/demonstrations

11 Demand Management (contd) 2) Urban water use efficiency ❖ CA Urban Water Cons. Council ➢ practices institutionalized through MOU-->BMPs ➢ Businesses, water agencies, environmental groups-->local scale ➢ Landscape Task Force: landscape and building water efficiency ■ runoff, recycling, performance standards, public awareness ❖ State and local agency priorities are to: ➢ fund (implementation incentives and research grants) ➢ educate and motivate CA Water Plan Update 2005

12 Economic Incentives Economic Incentives can influence the amount and and time of water use, wastewater volume, and source of water supply. The main factor of economic incentives is: Water Rate

13 Economic Incentives Major Implementation Issue Appropriate Water Rate Funding for Loans Investor-Owner Water Utilities Regulation Incidence of Costs of Incentives Environment Justice Self-Served Water Users

14 Recommendation to Promote Economic Incentives State Government Should Do: 1.Provide technical assistance to local agencies in developing equitable and effective economic incentives. 2.Provide technical expertise and funding to help local agencies develop and use water management system model tools 3.Assist local agencies in using planning methods and adopting policies that promote water use efficiency

15 Recommendation to Promote Economic Incentives Water Rate Should: 1.Use volumetric pricing wherever economically efficient. 2.Use tiered pricing to the extent to improve water management 3.Agencies adopting new water rates should identify the purpose.

16 Environmental Flows

17 Assessment Process In the past: ●Design based on historical data, aimed at damage reduction. ●Neglected interrelationship among various systems Now: ●Integrate physical, biological and social science ●Consider uncertainty. ●Robust decision making (RDM)

18 Case Study - Flood Current situation (Data): 20% population exposed to flooding What used to be 100 yr flood now happen more frequent Flood protection systems are old More than 1300 management agencies Recommendations: Improve public awareness of floods Develop adequate data and tools Pursue stable funding Strengthen agency alignment Issues (Assessment): Inadequate public awareness of flood risk Inadequate data/information Inadequate and unstable funding Complex governance structure

19 Climate Change

20 California’s Approach to Climate Change ● In 2008, the DWR created the “Climate Change Adaptation Strategy” o 10 climate change adaptation strategies o Organized into four categories: Investment, Regional, Statewide and Improving Management and Decision Making Capacity ● Since 2008 California has yearly published new climate change activities ● The most current water plan takes a quantitative look at the uncertainty surrounding climate change o Includes 27 alternative climate scenarios

21 Assessment of Climate Change Planning Process Comprehensive Four-Pronged Approach: ● Investment o Various grants exist for climate planning o Established Climate Science Program o Established Climate Action Team ● Regional o Provide Handbook for regional climate planning ● Statewide o Protects resources that span across different regions ● Improving Management and Decision Making Capacity o Incorporate more data, monitoring, research, analysis and modeling

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