“Everyone in the Delta recognizes that something needs to change and that they cannot use a system that is unreliable,” added Jason Peltier.
“If we don’t take agricultural land out of production then we’ll have to find a way to make it more efficient,” said Juliet Christian-Smith.

Tim Quinn added, “We should encourage greater efficiency through the market and  incentive based programs, not command and control regulation.”

“Science is going to play a critical role in ecosystem restoration, but the best science does not equal the best that we can do,” said Valerie Connor.

The summit concluded with two lunchtime presentations in which Andrew Gregson, CEO of Australia’s New South Wales Irrigators’ Council and Rebecca Nelson, lead researcher of the Comparative Groundwater Law and Policy Program at Stanford University, presented comparative case studies on Australian water policy and compare and contrast those with California's current water situation.

“If we put a dollar amount on every liter of water then it will be necessary be used to its most efficient level,” said Andrew Gregson. “We don’t want a water act that allows for a balanced outcome, but one that requires a balance outcome instead.”

Established in 2004 as a forum to further define the relationship between water conservation and outdoor water use, The Intelligent Use of Water Summit series presents a view of the current and future state of water resources through the eyes of water conservation and environmental experts. Previous summit locations have included: Pasadena, Calif.; Tucson, Ariz.; Tempe, Ariz.; Madrid, Spain; Aix-en-Provence, France; Melbourne, Australia; and Washington DC in 2010.

A full rebroadcast of The Intelligent Use of Water Summit: California Agriculture at a Crossroads is available online at www.RainBird.com/Summit.