A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework - Water

The Water section of Los Angeles County, California's Climate Action Framework (A Greater LA) identifies climate change impacts on water resources in the Los Angeles County region, and regional-scale priorities for improving the reliability of the region's water supply under future conditions. The Framework, which also contains sections for four other sectors, was developed by the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) to support more coordinated and collaborative regional policies relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

LA County recognizes that climate change is currently and will continue to alter the quantity and timing of precipitation, snowpack, and runoff within the Los Angeles region and other areas from which Los Angeles imports water, including the Bay Delta, which faces risks from sea-level rise and earthquakes. The report describes the challenges of water management in the region, including water quality issues and the regional and statewide planning and policy context for water resources management. At a regional level, over 100 entities are involved in managing and distributing potable water, and there are many additional challenges relating to groundwater management and overdraft. At the state level, as outlined further in the Water section, there have been a series of laws and executive orders mandating reductions in potable water use and water-conserving fixtures and improvements to residential and other properties. Many of these state-level policy changes have been developed in response to the prolonged severe drought affecting the state.

To help address these water reliability and management challenges, and reduce the effects of climate change on water availability and quality, the Framework recommends cross-cutting goals, strategies, and actions for policymakers and other key entities in the region. Examples include:

  • Goal 2 - Invest in infrastructure to increase and diversity supplies by better managing local water on a regional basis.
    • Strategy 2.1 - Increase stormwater capture.
      • Action 2.1.4 - Require LID retrofit upon sale for properties exceeding some threshold acreage.
  • Goal 3 - Reduce water-related impacts on disadvantaged communities.
    • Strategy 3.1 - Preserve lifeline water rates for low-income customers.
    • Strategy 3.2 - Assist communities with high rates of water usage to conserve more.
      • Action 3.2.4 - Provide incentives for owners of multi-unit dwellings to conserve water through shared savings with tenants and deployment of water conservation technologies and practices.
    • Strategy 3.3 - Maintain public recreation and invest in and protect parks and open spaces that create multiple benefits.
      • Action 3.3.2 - Consider advancing stormwater projects that create new parks and open space.

Publication Date: December 2016

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