Water Supply Needs

Over two hundred individuals from across California joined the Municipal Water District of Orange County’s first Virtual Water Policy Forum to hear Delta Watermaster Michael George speak about the current, and future state of California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Delta). Following Mr. George’s presentation, there was a thoughtful discussion between he and the audience regarding the Delta’s role in California’s water supply needs, ending with three key takeaways:

  1. The Delta can’t be preserved in its current configuration; there are too many dynamic forces at work.
  2. While climate change is the long-term threat, impacts will be experienced as black swan events.
  3. Durable management of the fragile Delta requires finding consensus, not “winning” in court.

The MWDOC Virtual Water Policy Forum recording has been published here: