SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Leaders of the three state agencies that deal with California water availability, quality and consumption say they will begin looking at the state's water issues comprehensively rather than dealing with each problem separate from the others.
Three state departments on Thursday released a draft plan meant to be the backbone of an effort to identify and prioritize projects ranging from poor quality, declining fish habitat, groundwater over-drafting and water scarcity in a warming climate.
The Department of Natural Resources, Cal EPA and the Department of Food and Agriculture previously worked independently to solve problems under the domain of each.
Gov. Jerry Brown in May directed the agencies to work together to better sustain the state's increasingly uncertain water supplies.
A final plan is due by December after stakeholders weigh in.