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|Countries:||United States of America|
|Regions:||California, Sacramento River - San Joaquin River|
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
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|Progress to Date:||NA Develop a portfolio of multi-stake-holder water stewardship projects in the Sacramento Valley to maximize ecological conservation impacts, including measurable replenishment of groundwater and restoration of groundwater dependent ecosystems.|
|Start & End Dates:||Jan. 2018 » Oct. 2022|
|Contextual Condition(s):||PHYSICAL: Ecosystem vulnerability or degradation, Other|
|Additional Benefits:||Heightened agreement on priority basin water challenges, Long-term partnership(s) created, Raised awareness of challenges among water users|
|Beneficiaries:||Manufacturers, Ecosystems, Local communities / domestic users|
|Planning & Implementation Time:||More than 3 years|
|Primary Funding Source:||corporate|
The Sacramento Valley has exceptional agricultural and environmental resources. One of the most productive agricultural areas in the nation, it has almost two million acres of irrigated farmland growing rice, citrus, nuts, and other crops. It sustains a population of over three million people and contains several large cities including the state capitol of Sacramento. The Sacramento River (the largest river in California) and its tributaries provide drinking water to more th…
The Sacramento Valley has exceptional agricultural and environmental resources. One of the most productive agricultural areas in the nation, it has almost two million acres of irrigated farmland growing rice, citrus, nuts, and other crops. It sustains a population of over three million people and contains several large cities including the state capitol of Sacramento. The Sacramento River (the largest river in California) and its tributaries provide drinking water to more than half of Californias population and irrigation water for farms throughout the Central Valley. Additionally, the Sacramento Valley is a key stop on the Pacific Flyway for millions of birds and it provides important habitat for salmon and other fish.
The Sacramento Valley faces many water challenges, including water scarcity, flood risk, declining ecosystem health, and aging water infrastructure. In addition, climate change is bringing increased risks and difficulties for water management, placing the regionÕs critical water resources at risk.
|Basin and/or Contextual Conditions:||PHYSICAL: Ecosystem vulnerability or degradation, Other|
|Project Benefits:||Heightened agreement on priority basin water challenges, Long-term partnership(s) created, Raised awareness of challenges among water users|
|Indirect or Direct Beneficiaries:||Manufacturers, Ecosystems, Local communities / domestic users|
|Months & Implementing:||More than 3 years|
|Primary Funding Source:||Corporate funding|
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