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California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply

The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS) 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. CRWFS 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.

CRWFS aims to:

Since its inception in 2010, CRWFS has organized its work into modules, each focused on key areas of opportunity in California’s water and food supply systems. 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, and applied the connectivity approach to reveal strategies for advancing groundwater sustainability. Learn more about the group’s work in the action and news categories.

CRWFS is grateful for funding from the California Water Foundation.

Recent News


New Report Looks to the Kings Basin for Drought Solutions

April 2015. The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply’s latest report Applying the Connectivity Approach: Groundwater Management in the Kings Basin identifies opportunities for improved connectivity in groundwater management planning and implementation in the state.

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February Water and Food Supply Bulletin

The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS) Bulletin is a member-sourced information bulletin that includes timely reports and news pertaining to water and the food supply in California. This month’s Bulletin features links to recent news and reports as well as upcoming events.

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Water and Food Supply Bulletin: 12 Resources

February 2015. The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS) Bulletin is a member-sourced information bulletin that includes timely reports and news pertaining to water and the food supply in California. This February Bulletin features twelve links to recent news and reports as well as upcoming events. We hope you enjoy and share.

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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.