Wetter or Not: Actions to Ease the Current Drought and Prepare for the Next

With three consecutive years of extremely dry weather, California is going through the worst water crisis in the state’s modern history.  The drought’s impacts on vulnerable fish and wildlife have been profound—low levels of water have devastated salmon runs, increased disease outbreaks among migrating birds, and worsened the condition of other native wildlife.  This report presents a comprehensive set of recommendations for near-term action by local, state, and federal agencies and lawmakers to respond to the drought and modernize California’s water system.  We believe implementation of these recommendations would help California’s communities and economy, while also protecting the fish and wildlife that depend on our waterways and wetlands.
 

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