Water & Public Administration

There was a time during the early and middle part of the past century when the public administration of the state of California advanced and began to implement a sound public policy around water based on the needs of human beings; factoring in public safety, growth, agriculture, and the economy.

Those days have not been seen for some time and since then; water policy in California has been largely driven by protecting wild salmon—though hatchery salmon are doing fine—and various other goals reached by reliance on still questionable research, all leading to managing a scarcity of water rather than reaching for abundance.

Northern California certainly has an abundance of water, and the potential storage capabilities once seen as normative, as we noted in yesterday’s post, are enormous, but unfortunately, are still no longer part of the public administration narrative of the state of California.

As news today that the American River will soon be reduced to a virtual stream able to be walked across in some places, that is an evolution in public administration no one should be proud of.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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