Gov. Newsom Introduces California Water Resilience Portfolio – Restore the Delta Response

For Immediate Release: 4/29/2019


Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053,
Brian Smith, 415-320-9384G

STOCKTON, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order late Monday, April 29, directing three state agencies to develop a “comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways through the 21st century.”

The Water Resilience Portfolio order directs the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to identify and assess a suite of complementary actions to ensure safe and resilient water supplies, flood protection and healthy waterways for the state’s communities, economy and environment. The portfolio will integrate and build on programs, policies and investments already in place to build a climate-resilient water system.

The order directs the state to think bigger and more strategically on water by directing the agencies to inventory and assess current water supplies and the health of waterways, future demands and challenges. The agencies will seek input over the coming weeks and months through listening sessions, information workshops and other public meetings to help inform the water resilience portfolio that will be recommended to the Governor.

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla of Restore the Delta said:
“We support a portfolio approach to solving California’s water challenges. We will collaborate and participate in all processes, and keep the public notified of our findings. Naturally, as Delta people we don’t care for tunnels, but we look forward to engaging in an honest and transparent public process the helps move us towards the co-equal goals of the Delta Reform Act of 2009.”

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