Statewide environmental flows framework featured in California water resilience report

Posted January 31, 2020

An ongoing effort by SCCWRP and its partners to develop a standardized approach for setting environmental flow targets for streams statewide is being featured in a new State report intended to guide California in promoting long-term water resilience.

A draft of the State’s Water Resilience Portfolio report, which was released in January, recommends using the California Environmental Flows Framework to better protect the environmental flow patterns that sustain fish and wildlife. The California Environmental Flows Framework is a multi-tiered framework intended to help managers set optimal environmental flow targets for California streams.

The report contains a suite of recommended actions intended to help California cope with more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, declining fish populations, aging infrastructure and other challenges.

The draft report, which was created through a 2019 executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom, is undergoing a public comment period through February 7, 2020.

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