By Cariad Hayes Thronson
As climate change threatens to upend precipitation patterns and disrupt water supplies, agencies are increasingly searching for ways to wring more benefits out of every drop. The Santa Clara Valley Water District is seeking to take integrated water management planning to the next level through its One Water initiative. “The idea of One Water is to manage all water — treated water, groundwater, stormwater, flood water, water for habitat, species and Baylands — as one resource,” says the District’s Brian Mendenhall. His district produced a draft One Water Management Plan for the county in 2017. Other examples of similar mindsets can be found in the work of the Sonoma Valley Water Agency and the Tulare Basin Watershed Connections Group.