Voluntary Agreements Are a Better Plan for California

In case you missed it last week, Ducks Unlimited Western Region Director Mark Biddlecomb co-authored a piece with Dave Eggerton, director of the Association of California Water Agencies, advocating for cooperation when it comes to water in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta.

Stressing the importance of voluntary agreements versus perpetual litigation to solve water issues, Biddlecomb and Eggerton urge those involved in California’s water issues to continue on the path of collaboration.

We are on the brink of a historic accomplishment in California water to resolve longstanding conflicts through comprehensive voluntary agreements that substitute collaboration and creative solutions for perpetual litigation. For anyone to abandon this transformative effort in favor of litigation would be a tragic mistake that could cost the state a rare opportunity to realize a comprehensive investment in multi-beneficial assets for the environment.

The superior alternative to litigation is collaboration, one that manifests itself through a remarkable coalition that includes the Newsom Administration, California’s State Legislature, members of Congress, landowners and farmers, state and federal agencies, and local water agencies. Supporters of this collaborative approach include our respective organizations: the Association of California Water Agencies, representing more than 450 public water agencies, and conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leader in wetlands conservation.

To read the full op-ed, click here.