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California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply

The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply is a forum for select leaders at the intersection of agriculture and water management to uncover obstacles, identify strategic and widely accepted solutions, and generate recommendations to assure a reliable, long-term supply of water to California’s agricultural producers while optimizing other beneficial uses of water. The Roundtable is a space where these thoughtful and committed leaders can engage in a facilitated, off-the-record dialogue where creativity and wisdom can flourish, and new thinking and paths forward for sound water management can emerge.

The Roundtable aims to:

The Roundtable has organized its work into modules, focused on key areas of opportunity. The first module focused on the concept of agricultural water stewardship. The group then examined options for storing water using a retention framework. Most recently, members of CRWFS completed two pieces describing the connectivity approach, which provides a whole-systems framework to guide water management decisions. In 2014, the Roundtable is addressing the issue of groundwater through the lens of the principles and recommendations developed in the previous three modules. Learn more about the Roundtable’s work in the action and news categories.

CRWFS is grateful for funding from the California Water Foundation.

Recent News


From Crisis to Connectivity

April 2014. From Crisis to Connectivity: Renewed Thinking About Managing California’s Water and Food Supply describes the connectivity approach, which provides a whole-systems framework for our water management decisions.

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Applying the Connectivity Approach

April 2014. Applying the Connectivity Approach: Water and Food Supply Projects in California that Connect, Link, and Engage features existing efforts that already generate the sorts of connected-benefit solutions described in From Crisis to Connectivity: Renewed Thinking About Managing California’s Water and Food Supply. CRWFS invites you to take similar action toward applying the connectivity principles to your own water management efforts and helping to increase shared ownership of these issues in the public domain.