Water for the 21st Century

Ensuring safe and sufficient water supplies for the 21st century requires significant investments in our water infrastructure and natural ecosystems. After five decades of divisive wrangling, the time has arrived for the governor to provide real leadership and solve our longstanding water problems. The goal must be to maintain and enhance water supplies for all Californians and take action to restore the Bay-Delta and meet California's true water needs.

With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in January and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. The state has continued to lead the way to make sure California is able to cope with an unprecedented drought.

The California Water Action Plan 

The California Water Action Plan is the state's official water policy and was updated and released today. The purpose of the plan is to lay out the actions that must be taken to protect water supplies for people and the environment and to fix the state's critical water resource problems. 

California's water system faces a number of difficult challenges including: uncertain water supplies, drought, water quality, habitat loss, flooding and climate change. The California Water Action Plan details 10 primary actions the Administration has taken - and is continuing to take - to address these challenges, and deliver a more reliable water supply.

Implementing the California Water Action Plan requires agency cooperation and continued commitment to achieving all 10 of these actions through 2019. Some of the efforts this year will include: millions of dollars in new grant awards, finalizing regulations on water recycling, finalizing environmental approvals for California WaterFix, finalizing regulations for the water storage program under Proposition 1 and continuing flood protection efforts. 

For more information on the updated California Water Action Plan, including a summary of the state's ongoing action, visit: http://resources.ca.gov/california_water_action_plan/.