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California Water Legislation


Efforts to Manage Water Stall as California Grapples with Shortages

Problems facing us in relation to overall water management again came into sharp focus recently when a plan to deal with California water legislation met problems in Sacramento. Water remains a precious commodity, an issue that is squarely on a list of every organization's sustainability plan. As efficiencies are demanded within all levels, water management takes a priority position

Of all the states within the USA, the water management problem is particularly acute within California. Booming population growth and climatic challenges have led to many attempts to pass California water legislation which could then be viewed as a model for other states.

In May 2009, the most ambitious plan ever to reform this issue in the most populous state seemed to flounder, however.

Politicians in Sacramento seek to pass California water legislation as part of a sweeping reform of overall policy. Such reform was not without cost, of course as it is estimated that $12 billion would be required to service the projects. In recessionary times and in a state faced by crippling budgetary shortfalls, these economic details were part of the overall problem.

Failing efforts to pass California water legislation point to an overall problem within the country as increasing production and a higher demand combined with projections of climate change to paint a grim picture.

As the problem of climate change itself becomes more acute and moves further within the crosshairs of society, organizations find themselves under considerable pressure to justify both their energy usage and their resource usage.

The problem of water management in general is a complex one and is impacted by the interests of consumers, politicians, business, scientists, environmentalists, economists and realists. The California water legislation stalled in part due to objections by the Sierra Club and others surrounding the impact that it would have on the delicate ecosystems of the Sacramento Delta, for example.

Water Management Policies are Not Sustainable in California

Most people are aware that a status quo situation is not sustainable, especially when it comes to California water legislation, which must be passed in some shape or form as part of a growing awareness within that state toward environmental issues.

California has long led other states of the union in environmental issues and the models have in certain instances being taken up by the Environmental Protection Agency for adoption nationwide.

The issue of water management must be addressed at corporate level and each company must take steps to ensure that it is accurately recording its commodity use as it strives to achieve sustainability. As we move forward, waste of all forms will be much less tolerated by society.

If predictions are correct, it seems that global climate change caused in large part by greenhouse gas emissions will have a net effect of raising the earth's temperature. In spite of increasing efforts to reverse this trend, it is likely that changes in weather patterns and altered rainfall rates will in turn spur a far more critical analysis of all water consumption and use habits.



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