RWA Initiates Public Engagement Process for the Sacramento Regional Water Bank

By September 27, 2022Uncategorized

First Virtual Stakeholder Forum set for Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is launching a public engagement process for the Sacramento Regional Water Bank, an innovative groundwater storage program utilizing the expansive reservoir under the urban core for storing water during wet times for use during dry times.

The Water Bank is identified as one of several key strategies for addressing the projected impacts of climate change on local water supplies in the newly-released American River Basin Study produced by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in partnership with local water agencies.

The goal of the Water Bank public engagement process is to share information, answer questions and gather input about how a Water Bank could be operated and expanded in the Sacramento region.

RWA is planning several public meetings—called Stakeholder Forums—over the next 15 months with the first Stakeholder Forum scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m. Key topic areas at this initial Stakeholder Forum are expected to include:

  • Water sources and management in the Sacramento region
  • Projected impacts of climate change on the region’s water resources
  • How water banking works
  • How a Water Bank could help the region adapt to climate change

Future Stakeholder Forums will cover Water Bank principles and governance, defining and refining operational alternatives, and scoping for an environmental analysis.

Additional information will be posted here. You can learn more about the Water Bank here.

Questions? Contact Christine Kohn at christine@INprOnline.com.