The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coast Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84) made funds available for two overarching climate change activities:
PConduct detailed evaluations of projected climate change impacts on the state’s water supply and flood control systems
PIdentify potential system redesign alternatives that would improve adaptability and public benefits.
In June 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order S-3-05 declaring that California is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including reduction in the quality and supply from the Sierra snowpack and the rise in sea level along the 1100 miles of coastline. In November 2008, the Governor issued Executive Order S-13-08, which directs State agencies, including DWR, to begin preparing California to adapt to these impacts. The climate change program provides essential information on water impacts for both the Climate Action Team’s Biennial Climate Change Assessments and the California Climate Adaptation Strategy required by the Governor’s Executive Orders, as well as the California Water Plan Update.
As part of this program, DWR will initiate studies, in cooperation with other State agencies and stakeholders to: (1) evaluate in greater detail the anticipated effects of climate change on California’s rivers and waterways; (2) recommend how to redesign these systems to minimize flood impacts, maintain water supplies, and minimize environmental impacts to fish and to riparian habitats; and (3) identify impacts to coastal waterways and inland estuaries, such as the Delta, from rising sea levels, so that recommendations can be developed to address specific problems. Additional information about this program can be found on the California Department of Water Resources website.