X7-7, enacted in November 2009. The bill mandates water conservation,
measurement, and reporting activities for urban and agricultural water
suppliers. DWR is tasked with revising funding criteria to make non-compliant
water suppliers ineligible to receive state grants and loans after July 1,
2013. DWR is also tasked with updating BMP’s, EWMP’s, and updating water
management planning guidebooks. DWR’s
Water Use and Efficiency Branch is leading the effort to implement those
actions in coordination with several entities as specified in the law namely,
California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC), Agricultural Water
Management Council (AWMC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC),
California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Bay Delta Authority
(CBDA) or its successor agency, and State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB).
10608.60(b) of the bill authorizes the expenditure of funds made available by
Section 75026, 75027(a)(12) and (b) of the Public Resources
Code, consistent with Division 43 (commencing with Section 75001) of the Public
Resources Code and upon appropriation by the Legislature, for direct
expenditures to implement Part 2.55, Division 6 of the Water Code, Sustainable Water
Use and Demand Reduction.
Funds authorized under
Chapter 2 of Proposition 84 for water conservation activities will be used
primarily by Department of Water Resources (DWR) staff, with a small portion
for contracts for consultants to complete specific, short-term tasks related to
the work described above. Stakeholder committees will be formed to help DWR
guide the processes. Internal weekly matrix project team meetings will be held
with key DWR staff to maintain communication and coordination, monitor work
progress towards the stated objectives and schedule, and resolve any issues. On
a continuous basis the program manager will review the status of budget
expenditures by program components, to ensure that annual budget allocation is
not exceeded. All projects will be tracked in Microsoft Project. The program manager will also oversee all
consultant contracts and review invoices to verify that deliverables are
acceptable, and the work is completed to the satisfaction of the DWR. Program
status, issues and accomplishments will be regularly reported to DWR management.
Progress will be reported in Legislative Reports, Regulations and other project
scoping reports will be posted on the SB X7-7 WUE website on a continuous basis
as each project proceeds.
will publish all updated Guidebooks and EWMP’s and make available to the public
through workshops and the web.
will be published in the CA Code of Regulations as specified by the Office of
to the Legislature will include the “Methodology for Determining Agricultural
water Use Efficiency” and “Alternative CII BMP’s”.
will report semi-annually to the bond accountability website on progress.
Department of Finance, Office of State Audits and Evaluations will perform
periodic audit of expenditures.
scoping reports and all final materials pertaining to all projects will be posted
on the SB X7-7 WUE website.