By David Guy
With World Water Day this week and the dry year emerging throughout the Sacramento Valley, we take this moment to reflect on the value of water as we cultivate a shared vision in the region for a vibrant way of life. We encourage you to watch and read the following vignettes that all showcase the value of water.
- Northern California Water Association Chairman Bryce Lundberg offers a glimpse into the value of water through his eyes with the following short film.
- World Water Day is about what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource. For more information, see World Water Day.
- The PPIC has provided a short film showing how California’s water use varies dramatically across regions and sectors, and between wet and dry years. With the dry year, the PPIC describes how water is allocated helps people understand the difficult tradeoffs water managers must make in times of scarcity. See the film here.
- As dry conditions persist throughout California, the State Water Resources Control Board this week mailed early warning notices to approximately 40,000 water right holders, urging them to plan for potential shortages by reducing water use and adopting practical conservation measures. Click here for more information. The 2014/15 dry years showed that the water rights system works in the Sacramento Valley and the orderly implementation of this system – coupled with creative water management serving water for cities and rural communities, farms, fish, birds and recreation – provides economic, environmental and social stability during these dry years.