Clean drinking water is sacred to Californians – especially in light of our historic drought. Watersheds play a critical role in California’s supply system by providing clean, reliable water for the environment, communities, agriculture, and industry statewide. These water systems naturally collect, store, filter, and transport water.
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill 2480 that puts Sierra Nevada watersheds on par with built infrastructure for future water investments. “AB 2480 recognize[s] an essential truth: the natural water storage systems found throughout the Sierra Nevada are just as critical to our state’s water security as are dams, tunnels and aqueducts. It doesn’t matter how sophisticated our systems are for moving water to serve agriculture and urban users if there is no water available to move”, as stated by CalTrout’s Sierra Program Director, Dr. Mark Drew.
Click here to read Dr. Drew’s full editorial in the Bakersfield Californian newspaper discussing AB 2480 and how it will work to protect and restore our state’s source waters, naturally.
CalTrout actively pursues the protection of California’s precious waterways, and recognizes nature’s work to be as valuable as human-engineered parts of the state’s water infrastructure. Learn more about California Trout’s work to restore and ensure the health of Sierra Nevada headwaters here.