Under the current infrastructure, regulatory, and water project operations, the fifth-largest economy in the world is in crisis.
The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and others have demonstrated a historical, average annual water imbalance of 1.5-2.5 million acre-feet. However, this problem has been accelerating at the same time that SGMA implementation seeks to eliminate historic patterns of overdraft.
The imbalance is growing due to significant changes such as recent reductions in Delta exports that are below prior historical levels, increased outflows for the San Joaquin River Settlement that have yet to mature, and future climate changes that are anticipated to reduce capture of local supplies and further reduce Delta exports.
As a result of these ongoing changes, the future of 40 million Californians is at risk, especially those already vulnerable to poverty.
Policy Changes: There are a number of actions that can be taken at the local and regional level to take advantage of excess flows during high precipitation years.
Infrastructure: Infrastructure will be needed at a local level and we assume that local agencies will direct and develop these improvements on their own, along with water markets and conservation actions.
Investments: For over 100 years, communities have relied upon groundwater. A new plan will be needed to ensure all Californias have access to a clean, reliable water supply.
Based on an analysis of SGMA and other anticipated water supply restrictions, we conclude that up to one million acres may be fallowed in the San Joaquin Valley over a period of 2-3 decades as a result of reduced ground and surface water availability.
Key findings include:
in annual farm revenue loss
jobs lost statewide due to SGMA and future surface water reductions
in annual lost employee compensation statewide
Fresno, Tulare, Kern, and Kings will see the largest losses in employment and compensation
Read the full report sharing the preliminary results of the economic analysis of anticipated water supply restrictions affecting growers in the San Joaquin Valley.
It is an undisputed fact that there is a water supply shortfall in Valley.
The Water Blueprint for the San Joaquin Valley has come together to bring solutions to the table that represent those who will be drastically impacted. The Blueprint is an evolving coalition of water users seeking input and engagement from all stakeholders including counties, cities, environmental organizations, water agencies, industry groups, academia, and community-based organizations.