Climate Adaptation Lurks in Budget Debate

By Published On: January 9, 2014

The spotlight on the upcoming budget comes as the state Resources Agency is finalizing a plan for adapting to climate change. Adaptation includes major infrastructure improvements and programs to augment water supplies, prevent floods, fight wildfires, and address the needs of cities and farms alike in coping with a climate that’s supposed to become hotter, drier, and more prone to extreme weather. Last year, for instance, was the driest year on record in California. On Jan. 3 the Department of Water Resources found that snowpack stood at 20 percent of normal for this time of the year. The Resources Agency expects that the adaptation plan will inform the upcoming 2014-15 budget process to guide proposals for investments in infrastructure and programs needed to cope with inevitable climate change.

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