Governor Brown Issues Executive Order on Water Amid Brief Respite from Drought

Statement by David Festa, senior vice president of ecosystems at Environmental Defense Fund

May 9, 2016
Chandler Clay,, (302) 598-7559

(SAN FRANCISCO – May 9, 2016) California Governor Jerry Brown today issued an executive order aimed at bolstering the state’s water conservation plans as drought persists. The order establishes new actions – from eliminating water waste to improving agricultural water use efficiency – that will help achieve the priorities in the Governor’s Water Action Plan.

Last week, Environmental Defense Fund released a set of policy recommendations for reforming California’s water market.

The following is a statement by David Festa, EDF senior vice president of the Ecosystems Program:

“The Governor’s Executive Order is a good use of the brief respite we’re getting from the drought in some parts of the state.

“The state as a whole needs to move from temporary and ad hoc measures to a longer-term strategy that can ensure that California’s people and environment will continue to thrive in the face of a changing climate. We need better data, modern management plans and an emphasis on bottom-up approaches to eliminating waste in order to achieve a sustainable water future for California.”

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