The Legislature is back in session, it will be months before the rainy season begins, and, like everyone else in California, we’re thinking about water—and what the state will have to do to prosper in an even drier future.

The expanding drought emergency will be the focus of an important conversation on August 12 at the Economic Summit’s Capitol Day, where more than 200 civic leaders will join policymakers grappling with one of the state’s most complex issues: How to ensure this year’s investments in water infrastructure put California on a path to water sustainability?

Four Summit action teams have been working this year on answering this difficult question, sending the governor and legislative leaders 11 recommendations for responding to the drought emergency by providing relief where it is needed most—while also ensuring all of the state’s regions have a safe, reliable source of water for years to come.

Leaders of the Summit’s Infrastructure, Housing, Regulations, and Working Landscapes teams continue to advance these proposals, which range from providing communities with the financial tools they need to invest in water infrastructure to streamlining the water transfer process.

The state has already passed legislation this year that directs more than $800 million toward drought relief—largely in line with what the Summit recommended. The Summit will be working to ensure additional water investments made in August also go to integrated projects that achieve multiple state goals.

How the Summit’s proposals are faring

On Capitol Day, Summit leaders will hear from a group of highly respected current and former state officials about how these proposals are faring—and why state action on a retooled water bond, updated groundwater and watershed management systems, and expanded local infrastructure financing authorities will be needed for California’s diverse regional economies to prosper.

The Summit’s Capitol Day speakers on water sustainability—and how the Summit can help the state build a safer, more reliable water system—include:

We look forward to seeing you on Capitol Day. You can find the rest of the day’s program here.

Originally posted at the California Economic Summit website.