Water Association Exec Recaps State’s Experience in Managing Droughts

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Timothy Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies, explains to the CalChamber Board of Directors on May 28 that the state is good at managing its way through droughts (10 in the last century), as befits a Mediterranean climate. The current “millennial drought” is a “humdinger,” Quinn says, consisting of the driest sequence of three or four years in 1,200 years., with 2014 being among the hottest and driest on record. The economy is still strong, Quinn says, noting that the Brown administration strategy, like that of the Wilson administration in the 1990s drought, aims to reduce ornamental uses of water and protect business uses to minimize the economic and jobs impact of the water shortage.

Timothy Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies, explains to the CalChamber Board of Directors on May 28 that the state is good at managing its way through droughts (10 in the last century), as befits a Mediterranean climate. The current “millennial drought” is a “humdinger,” Quinn says, consisting of the driest sequence of three or four years in 1,200 years, with 2014 being among the hottest and driest on record. The economy is still strong, Quinn says, noting that the Brown administration strategy, like that of the Wilson administration in the 1990s drought, aims to reduce ornamental uses of water and protect business uses to minimize the economic and jobs impact of the water shortage.

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