The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS) is a multi-sector forum of experts and leaders convened by Ag Innovations since 2010 to identify obstacles, develop solutions, and take action to enhance water security for agriculture, the public, and the environment in California.
Since its inception in 2010, the 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 the 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.
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. The accompanying booklet, 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 the report.
From Storage to Retention: Expanding California’s Options for Meeting Its Water Needs provides a consensus framework for guiding efforts to improve storage options and a set of high-priority actions towards improving California’s water management.