As I’m sure most if not all of you are aware, Governor Brown recently made his drought emergency declaration.
While there are many positive aspects of the declaration – raising awareness of the drought, added pressure for reduced water usage, release of funds to address the drought, etc. – there are also some significant concerns with the announcement, including the suspension of some water quality laws and CEQA (see # 5 of his declaration) to allow for more water transfers.
We are working to assess what this could mean and develop a gameplan to address. I will send a more detailed CEQA update next week (including our thoughts on the drought declaration), and plan to set a call in February.
Executive Director, Planning & Conservation League/PCL Foundation