Energy & Water Committee


As California enters another drought year with resources at record lows, BPC has responded to the current water crisis by forming the Energy & Water Committee. The proliferation of drought conditions in the West emphasizes the need to better understand the water situation in the state and how to adapt to a changing climate characterized by limited precipitation. We believe the Bay Planning Coalition can assist the region in its adaptation efforts while advancing knowledge on the energy and water issues the Bay-Delta Watershed faces. Bringing together both the hydrology experts and an array of industries, this committee will leverage BPC’s advocacy potential to support the economic viability of Bay Area commerce while facilitating dialogue on adaptation efforts needed to exist in a new environment altered by climate change.


Energy & Water Policy Goals:

  • Identify technology and best-practices that will assist in water management and future planning based on availability.
  • Analyze the relationship between water and power resources in the state, seeing how each sector will be affected by climate change.
  • Creating a space where industries and agencies can exchange ideas and discuss impacts from policies that limit water or energy access.

Committee Chairs:

  • Melanie Richardson, Valley Water
  • Scott Warner, BBJ Group

Resources:

March 15, 2022:

BPC hosted Mike Anderson, DWR; Dale Roberts, Sonoma Water; and Rob Cifelli, NOAA. Members in attendance received un update on California’s water crisis, and learned more information about the AQPI forecasting program and long term forecasting at the NOAA.

View the presentations below.

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