California leaders shared ideas for building capacity for regional sustainability in California at the recent Water Summit in Sacramento, California.
“California water is like a big ball of string with many strings that come out. It’s complicated. We have some ground to cover.”
Dave Orth, California Water Commission
Adequate funding is never available.
There is disconnectedness; key stakeholders are not present in conversations.
California water stakeholders have returned to their silos.
There are overlaps in water resource control.
Regulatory misalignment remains.
“It’s important who does the idea messaging. It makes a big difference!”
Maria Herrera, Self-Help Enterprises
“Trust, confidence and credibility is really important. You have to start now. Address the community and culture. Take the time.”
Tim O’Halloran, Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District
“Tying people together to manage water is the next big thing to accomplish a water plan.”
Sarge Green, California Water Institute, Fresno State University