John Powell, the Coachella Valley Water District’s (CVWD) Board President joins The Water Values Podcast to discuss water in California’s Coachella Valley. As we all know, California is in the midst of a tremendous drought, but thanks to good planning the Coachella Valley’s water story showcases good water management from rate design to water use restrictions to farming to aquifer recharge. It’s a great look at how one utility is thriving amidst the drought.
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- Where the Coachella Valley is
- How the Coachella Valley first sought to acquire and protect its water rights
- How water is used in the Coachella Valley
- How ag water use compares to domestic water use in the Coachella Valley
- How the Coachella Valley Water District is planning for the future
- How the Coachella Valley Water District recharges the aquifer beneath the Valley
- How the Coachella Valley Water District manages its water rights portfolio
- How the Coachella Valley Water District encourages conservation through its water rate design
- What some of the challenges to water supply in the Coachella Valley are and will be
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- Wikipedia page for the Coachella Valley
- Coachella Valley Water District
- Growing Coachella Valley
- Coachella Valley Water District’s Ordinance Imposing Mandatory Restrictions on Water Use in Order to Comply with Statewide Drought Regulations
- Coachella Valley Water District’s webpage on Water-use Restrictions & Penalties
- Coachella Valley Water District’s YouTube page
- My blog post on the San Juan Capistrano litigation over tiered rates (prior to issuance of the final opinion)
Click here to download the Transcript for Session 73 of The Water Values Podcast.
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