Natural Resources Secretary Outlines Administration Water Priorities

Wade Crowfoot, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, gives a concise rundown to the CalChamber Board of Directors on February 28 about the core water challenges facing the state and the Newsom administration’s priorities in balancing statewide need for a reliable supply of clean water with environmental considerations. He says the state needs more “smart surface storage,” such as the CalChamber-supported Sites Reservoir Project in Colusa County, as well as storing more water underground, and better coordination between surface and underground storage. The administration also is pushing voluntary water agreements as a means of improving habitat for endangered species in a way that works for both water users and environmental interests, he says. Commenting that “conflict and litigation” hasn’t worked, Crowfoot stresses the importance of “finding common ground” on water matters.