Statement of April 1, 2015
We applaud Governor Brown for his leadership in calling for statewide water use restrictions, and for this important recognition that we all have a responsibility and a need to think carefully about how we use one of California’s most precious natural resources. We are at a point in our state’s historic drought where we are running out of time to address this enormous challenge. The important steps announced by the governor will ensure that each and every Californian considers their water “footprint” and that we are all part of the solution. That means everyone – from individuals to large industries.
It became more apparent during last year’s difficult and necessary discussions about groundwater management that our state’s failure to sustainably manage groundwater would undermine our ability to utilize it during times of drought. In California’s urban centers, the best potential for water conservation requires us to adopt new habits. We must all do our part to reduce our use of this precious resource, and we look forward to mobilizing our 150,000 members to continue to do their part and to urge large-scale users to do more to protect this critical resource for future generations of Californians.