NCWA’s 2020 Priorities

Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2020

The Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Board of Directors recently approved its 2020 Priorities, which describes a water portfolio for the Sacramento River Basin and describes ten priority areas for 2020. NCWA and water leaders in Northern California look forward to working with our many partners in 2020 to further develop and implement a water portfolio to meet the needs of California’s communities, economy, and environment. There are tremendous opportunities this year to re-imagine our water system and to align a Sacramento River Basin water portfolio with state, federal, and regional resilience portfolios to help advance our collective desire for water and climate resilience throughout California.

The ten priorities for 2020 are: A) Fix Rather Than Fight—The Importance of Voluntary Agreements; B) Embrace a New Culture of Partnerships; C) Enhance and Expand Utilization of Natural Infrastructure for Multiple Benefits; D) Advance 21st Century Water Infrastructure for Multiple Benefits; E) Create Freshwater Ecosystem Budgets; F) Advance Sustainable Groundwater Management; G) Protect Water Quality for All Beneficial Uses; H) Ensure Access to Safe Drinking Water; I) Facilitate Water Transfers; and J) Secure Funding to Advance the Portfolio.

Our priorities provide our ideas on a Sacramento River Basin portfolio. Our strategic goal is to inspire thoughtful public discourse and collaboration that points positive and brings people together- -working towards a re-imagined water system that will assure reliable, affordable and high-quality water supplies will be available to serve multiple benefits in the Sacramento River Basin now and for future generations. We are seeking to cultivate additional partnerships in these important efforts to further design the re-imagined water system and continued implementation of the various elements necessary for water and climate resilience.

We encourage you to review the 2020 priorities by clicking here or below. We would also welcome any additional ideas, thoughts, or engagement as we point forward by calling us or email at

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