Water crisis in California: How are the authorities planning to put the fire out?

In the series of articles by our Youth Newsroom reporters, Christos Tsagkaris reports on California.

On January 24 2021, Wade Crowfoot, the secretary general of California Natural Resources Agency tuned into CAS 2021. Crowfoot delivered a short talk about the water crisis in California. He highlighted the effect of the massive wildfires in summer 2020 on building awareness about the water crisis in the region. Briefly, the crosstalk between water crisis and wildfires is twofold. Drought increases the risk of fire, while massive wildfires contaminate natural water storages. Τhe authorities in California have issued a multifaceted water resilience portfolio in August. Few months later, with a framework for prudent water management in the background, Crowfoot is joining CAS to elaborate on California’s experience and seek good practices.

A massive outbreak of wildfires in California in 2020 sounded the alarm. Climate adaptation has arrived in California and droughts along with wildfires can pose agriculture in peril.

Floods have also ensued within 2020, with specialists already expressing concerns for upcoming periods of drought.

With an eye on these upscaling sequelae, California authorities accelerated the issuing of the California Water Resilience Portfolio. The portfolio is based on a handful of key actions, namely help local agencies access safe and affordable water and recycle water,  spearhead water use efficiency in the public and the private sector, support cities to make use of surface water storage and stormwater and invest in seawater desalination technology.