Perspectives from local leaders
"We recognize that climate change could have substantial impacts on the reliability of our region's water supply, and we have incorporated adaptation strategies into our region's long-term water management plan. Our strategy to diversify our water supply sources - through conservation, water transfers, recycling, seawater desalination, and storage and conveyance projects - is providing our region with increased protection from climate-related impacts such as droughts."
General Manager, San Diego County Water Authority
"Our region's farming economy - which contributes $5.1 billion annually1 - has already seen the impacts of diminishing water supplies and increasing water costs. Some farmers have destroyed avocado trees to reduce costs. Our ability to produce locally grown food and sustain our region's fifth largest industry will depend on how well we invest in and safeguard our water supplies in coming years."
President, San Diego County Farm Bureau, and Co-Owner/Founder of Obra Verde Growers in Valley Center