Chairman’s Update #8

Chairman’s Update #8

The award-winning Yuba Accord has again been recognized as a model settlement agreement for collaboration, science, and continuing benefits to California’s economy and environment.

A recent analysis published in the University of California, Hastings College of Law, West by the Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, evaluated the Yuba Accord as one of several cases where water managers, conservation groups and others worked to manage water during the recent drought. This report highlighted the Yuba Accord’s value for fish and wildlife through its science-based higher instream flow requirements, and water transfer benefits to cities and farms throughout California.

The UC Hastings analysis states, ‘The Yuba Watershed and the Accord are undoubtedly an example of effective drought management. In particular, scenario planning, stakeholder collaboration, environmentally beneficial water transfers, and sustainable groundwater management are keys to this successful management’.

The UC Hastings report reminds all of us how important it is to commit to science as a credible, responsible process, and to then work collaboratively to address water problems.

Credit for the Yuba Accord belongs to our local agricultural water districts, conservation groups, and many individuals at the state and federal level. This recognition is especially important now as collaborative agreements like the Yuba Accord are laying a new foundation for California water management.

To view the entire report click here.