Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal


Over the last ten years, two separate water management planning efforts in California—integrated regional water management and climate change planning—have come together in a way that provides similar lessons to help different interests find common ground for water management solutions. This planning synthesis has resulted in a significant change in the way California now addresses issues of water management.

After a brief background discussion (Part II), Part III of this Article examines the history of the merger of these two initiatives. Part IV explores an approach for water management based on the experience gained from this history. This approach is built on consideration of three key elements: thinking holistically, expecting uncertainty, and encouraging cooperation. Part V describes an emerging framework through which participants can apply these elements in the management of water resources.