CALIFORNIA HAS ALWAYS FACED PERIODIC DROUGHTS.
President's Message | March/April 2023
But faced with a rapidly changing climate, droughts are becoming more frequent and more intense. As a result, water resource managers, decision makers, and scientists have a herculean task—not only must we learn how to do more with less, we must rethink many of our basic presumptions about drought preparation and resilience!
The authors in this issue are doing just that. Whether they are exploring drought management strategies around the world, discussing green infrastructure or forest management, analyzing the promises and pitfalls of collaboration, or discussing the most effective approaches for outreach to water users, each of these articles sheds much needed light on the future of drought resilience in California—and how many of these steps are being (or
should be) implemented today. When reading, you will quickly see that while the focus of these articles is drought resilience in California, their significance does not stop there. I am confident these articles will spark broad, deep, vital discussion about drought resilience in California, the
American West, and beyond.
Jason Zhang is the 2023 president of AWRA.