Restoring the San Francisco Bay and Addressing California's Water Crisis
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Addressing the Drought
California continues to wrestle with strategies for sustainable water management, now four years in to the drought and more than a year after the Governor declared a state-wide emergency. There are also challenges to increasing public awareness about California drinking water's limited supply. In Silicon Valley, there is a strong disconnect between the complicated and little-understood system that delivers water to residents. The disconnect can lead to conclusions that water will always be available, affordable, local and accessible.
As an institution committed to identifying and addressing the region’s most challenging problems, SVCF is working on two projects to bring more attention and increase education about Silicon Valley's experience during the drought:
To identify current opportunities for water supply and resilience in Silicon Valley, SVCF worked with Bay Area planning and advocacy organization SPUR to conduct a landscape analysis. We found that key water leaders and observers in the region see sustained conservation and water recycling as the best sources for building water supply, especially in light of the potential threats of continued drought and escalating climate change. But more can — and must — be done. Read the full report.
How the drought affects Silicon Valley communities
Partnering with independent digital news platform Water Deeply, SVCF also funded a 10-part investigative reporting series that raises awareness about how the drought affects communities in Silicon Valley. Read our collection of all 10 stories, or access each story below.