Fresh water is a critical, and limited, natural resource. Within our region, most rain falls during the winter. Stored in higher elevations as snowpack, it melts in the summer, providing water to meet competing demands for ecosystems, wildlife, power generation, residential, agricultural, and industrial needs. Climate change and increased demands place pressure on this delicate balance. In addition to water supply, water quality is also an important issue in our urban, suburban, rural and agricultural areas throughout the region.

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