In 2018, the California State Legislature (Legislature) enacted two long-term water conservation policy bills, AB 1668 (Friedman) and SB 606 (Hertzberg). The two policy bills require the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) and the Department of Water Resources (DWR), to establish long-term water conservation and drought planning.

As an initial implementation action, the Water Board and DWR released a primer to summarize the authorities, requirements, and schedules included in the new legislation. Among the laws’ requirements, is the formation of advisory groups to solicit input and feedback on the implementation of the two policy bills.

CalMutuals Executive Director Adán Ortega has been selected to serve as an official member of the County Drought Advisory Group (CDAG). As a member of CDAG, Executive Director Ortega will work with other stakeholders to develop recommendations for water shortage contingency planning. The first CDAG meeting will take place on December 13th.

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