Stag Hunt's La Canada Flintridge Water Reform Survey

Dear Neighbor,

You might have seen some Stag Hunt letters around town or friendly Stag Staffers walking the streets to conduct a little good government survey.

California’s current drought and ongoing imported water supply challenges highlight how critical water is for La Canada’s quality of life.  

We believe these issues warrant wider public awareness and are conducting a short survey asking for feedback from La Canada residents on how we might better address those challenges. 

We hope to present the results to the La Canada City Council and local media outlets. Here's some more information about the drought and California's water management.

The Association of California Water Agencies recently highlighted the real challenges California faces in dealing with the ongoing drought:

As summer gets under way and agencies begin to prepare for 2015, the water community is extremely concerned about the effects of continuing drought conditions. As outlined above, a dry 2015 would wreak havoc on California’s citizens, the environment and the state’s economy, including its world-renowned agricultural industry. Even if the state receives above average rainfall next winter, the past three years have exposed the fragility of California’s water management system. This crisis should be a wake-up call for state government and water managers throughout California regarding the need for comprehensive action and significant investments in a more resilient water supply. Working together, we can improve the state’s water future for generations to come.
— Association of California Water Agencies
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The Public Policy Institute's of California's canonical Managing California's Water highlights the importance of effective management in meeting those challenges:

The inability to prevent these looming crises reflects major weaknesses in California’s current system for governing and funding water management. The highly decentralized nature of most water management – with many hundreds of local and regional agencies responsible for water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and related land use decisions – has many advantages but has often resulted in uncoordinated, fragmented water and land use decisions that contribute to chronic groundwater overdraft, impairment of watersheds by a wide range of pollutants, ineffective ecosystem management, an rapid development in poorly protected floodplains.
— Public Policy Institute of California