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.

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All In for One Water

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.

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About the author

Cariad Hayes Thronson covers legal and political issues for Estuary News. She has served on the staffs of several national publications, including The American Lawyer. She is a long-time contributor to Estuary News, and some years ago served as its assistant editor. She lives in San Mateo with her husband and two children.

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