Gov. Gavin Newsom Directs State Agencies to Develop Water Resilience Portfolio for California

Statement from Maurice Hall, Associate VP, Ecosystems – Water

April 29, 2019
Julie Benson, (415) 293-6069,

(SACRAMENTO, CA – April 29, 2019) Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order today that directs the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to identify and assess a suite of complementary actions to build a climate-resilient water system.

“In a state as diverse as California, it’s inevitable that our water challenges will be complicated, especially with the extra stress of climate change. We are pleased water is a top priority for Gov. Newsom and that he recognizes multiple strategies are required to create a secure water future in the face of climate change and a growing population.

“We agree a portfolio approach that balances diverse needs is the most promising path toward building a more resilient water system in California. EDF looks forward to working with Gov. Newsom and state agencies on developing a suite of approaches to bring California water management into the 21st century. No single solution is the answer to sustainably managing water, one of our state’s most precious resources, to ensure the health of our people, economy and wildlife.”

  • Maurice Hall, Associate VP, Ecosystems – Water, Environmental Defense Fund

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