Incentivizing the Protection of Water Resources
California faces an intensifying water crisis. The quantity of the state’s water is diminishing due to our growing population, consumption patterns and drought. In some areas of the state, excessive amounts of groundwater are siphoned to replenish decreasing quantities used for irrigation, drinking and wildlife habitat.
Water quality continues to be impacted due to the release of pollutants into rivers, bays and underground aquifers. Many of California's waterways don't currently meet federal and state clean water standards.
Sustainable Conservation engages farmers, ranchers and the private sector to protect and improve California's water resources. Starting with sound science, we advance practices and technologies that individuals and businesses alike can implement to promote clean, abundant water for the state. We focus on two major areas: agriculture and transportation.
Agriculture: Engaging Farmers, Ranchers and other Private Landowners in Conservation
Healthy Watersheds for People and Wildlife: In a continuing effort to encourage increased voluntary restoration of California watersheds, we are supporting the development of statewide or regional-scale programmatic permits as well as financial incentives for private landowners.
Dairy Farming: Sustainable Conservation works with the dairy industry to protect clean water by promoting better ways to keep manure and fertilizer from harming surface water and groundwater.
Water efficiency: With California farmers using more than 75% of the water devoted to human use, Sustainable Conservation identifies technologies and practices that improve irrigation efficiency without sacrificing yields.
Transportation: Keeping Vehicle Pollutants Out of Waterways
Brake Pad Partnership: Troubled by evidence that copper from automobile brake pads pollutes local waterways, Sustainable Conservation created a diverse stakeholder group to analyze the evidence and take action. Now the group is seeking state legislation that will dramatically limit copper in brake pads sold in California.
Auto Recycling: Sustainable Conservation partnered with the auto recycling industry to establish best practices that keep mercury, lead and other dangerous pollutants out of California bays, rivers and streams.