News of the damaged spillways at Oroville Dam and corresponding evacuations seemed to coincide perfectly with the State Water Resources Control Board’s (“State Board”) announcement of its draft resolution on climate change. While California was busy avoiding a catastrophic flood, at least for now, the State Board was devising ways to prevent and prepare for such future events in light of the impacts climate change will have on the state’s water resources, namely declining snowpack, longer droughts, severe flooding and rising sea levels. The draft resolution, if adopted, would require the State Board and its staff to incorporate certain climate policies into their operations. The resolution doesn’t appear to have an immediate impact on other public agencies or private entities, but this may be the beginning of a new regulatory regime.
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