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CA law recognizes watersheds as infrastructure

October 21, 2016 - In September, the California governor signed a law that recognizes the state's source watersheds as part of its water infrastructure, and their increasing importance as our climate changes. By doing so, the law allows the use of modern financing approaches to protect and restore source watersheds, including stream channel restoration, wet and dry meadow restoration, conservation of private forests, upland vegetation management to restore watershed productivity and resiliency, other projects that would increase conditions for water and snow attraction, retention and release under changing climate conditions, and road removal and repair. The new law is ground-breaking in that it fundamentally shifts the regulatory relationship to ecosystems and their services, and puts ecosystems on the same footing as grey infrastructure, relative to funding projects. Click here to read the bill. 

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