What’s the governor doing?

In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo a sign opposing a proposed plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to build two giant tunnels to ship water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Southern California is displayed near Freeport, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom officially abandoned his predecessor's plan, Thursday, May 2, 2019, opting instead for just one, smaller tunnel. Photo by Rich Pedroncelli, AP Photo
In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo a sign opposing a proposed plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to build two giant tunnels to ship water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Southern California is displayed near Freeport, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom officially abandoned his predecessor’s plan May 2, 2019, opting instead for just one, smaller tunnel. Photo by Rich Pedroncelli, AP Photo

The Newsom administration created a “Water Resilience Portfolio” of more than 100 ideas. It focuses on four areas: diversifying water supplies, protecting the environment, improving storage and conveyance systems, and preparing for climate change and natural disasters. A Delta tunnel is a priority, as is a new Sacramento Valley reservoir. 

The portfolio stresses the need for more underground storage, as well as desalination and farming programs that build healthy soils that retain more water. It also recommends identifying minimum flow rates to protect and restore salmon runs. It warns, too, of a future climate that will challenge existing storage systems. 

Overall it’s a long to-do list. Jeffrey Mount of the Public Policy Institute of California said the portfolio was “a Herculean effort,” but it doesn’t mandate action, it just makes recommendations. “This is a plan to plan,” Mount said.