Vision Statement

Southern California has transformed how it manages water resources and land use, achieving a balance between vitality, growth, and ecology. Through integrated planning and management of water supply, quality, flood control, habitat, and recreation, the region now relies more on its own water resources and natural systems.

Water is used efficiently through conservation, reuse, and capturing local rainfall. Homes and businesses reuse water and detain stormwater onsite to recharge groundwater. Parking lots and hardscapes are designed to reduce runoff and floods. Parks serve the dual purpose of recreation and stormwater detention. Recycled water irrigates landscapes and recharges groundwater.

Major improvements in water quality allow safe recreation and fish consumption. Cost-effective practices by cities and industries keep contaminants out of waterways. Beach closures from polluted runoff are in the past.

Habitat restoration has brought back native plants, fish, birds, and wildlife. Barriers to fish migration have been removed. Portions of rivers have been restored to their natural state. A network of trails connects these habitats.

Drought-tolerant native plants are favored for landscaping over thirsty exotics. Public parks and preserved open spaces showcase regionally adapted plantings. Native wildlife populations have expanded with their habitats. Access to nature exists across urban areas.

Urban waterways are now assets and amenities rather than afterthoughts. Rivers are visible and accessible with paths, trails, and parks. Natural riparian areas intermix with shops, cafes, and promenades. Rivers contribute to civic pride, quality of life, and economic revitalization in communities.