Solid infrastructure and planning has allowed Northern California to survive five-year drought

September 14, 2016 – Osoyoos Times

Residents and farmers in Northern California have managed to survive one of the worst extended droughts in that state’s history, but only because proper infrastructure is in place and government leaders have allowed experts like herself to formulate long-term plans to deal with all issues related to prolonged drought.

Dr. Amber Manfree, a researcher at the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis, was the keynote speaker at this year’s Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) annual general meeting held last Friday at the Laurel Packinghouse in downtown Kelowna.

Manfree spoke for an hour about the many lessons learned in water and environmental management from the front lines of California’s prolonged drought, which has now extended to five years and counting.

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