As part of a larger sustainability initiative in the Sacramento Valley, water resources managers from throughout the region have come together to form a Task Force with an eye to continuously improve water management. As a first step to better understand and portray the Sacramento River watershed—the Task Force commissioned a technical report articulating Efficient Water Management for Regional Sustainability in the Sacramento Valley. The technical report, which brought together a team of leading experts on the Sacramento Valley, provides a sophisticated foundation to initiate the process to evaluate improved water management opportunities in the Sacramento Valley and the trade-offs that will need to be considered in making future management decisions in this region. The report articulates a framework for addressing water use efficiency in the Sacramento Valley given the Valley’s unique hydrologic characteristics and existing condition, establishes a basis for assessing and identifying water use efficiency improvements, and provides a basis for constructive dialogue. The report builds upon decades of continually improving water use efficiency in the Sacramento Valley at the farm, refuge, district, and basin level.
The report is styled as a draft as part of our ongoing effort to seek input on water management in the Sacramento Valley and to continually improve our understanding and efforts to actively manage water resources in the region. A full copy of the report is available on the NCWA website. We welcome your input.