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California Water Plan

Administrating Agency: Resources Agency
Bond: Proposition 84
Department Name: Department of Water Resources
Bond Statute: 75041
Implementing Statute: Water Code Sections 10004 - 10013

  • Front-end
  • In-Progress
  • Follow-up

The Statewide Water Planning Program was established to update the California Water Plan, required every five years by the Water Code. The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84) made funds available to implement a number of recommendations from California Water Plan Update 2005. These recommendations call for: 1) water stakeholder involvement and collaboration, 2) expanded regional outreach and coordination, 3) greater involvement of other State agencies in Water Plan preparation, 4) better information exchange and data management, 5) improved representation of environmental water, 5) expand water use data collection, and 6) improvement of analytical tools and methods for quantifying water scenarios for future conditions and water community response strategies.

These bond funds will be used to update the California Water Plan which provides a framework for water managers, legislators, and the public to consider options and make decisions regarding California’s water future. As previously stated the Plan is updated every five years, and it presents basic data and information on California’s water resources including water supply evaluations and assessments of agricultural, urban, and environmental water uses to quantify the gap between water supplies and uses. The Plan also identifies and evaluates existing and proposed statewide demand management and water supply augmentation programs and projects to address the State’s water needs.

The goal for the California Water Plan Update is to meet Water Code requirements, receive broad support among those participating in California’s water planning, and be a useful document for the public, water planners throughout the state, legislators and other decision-makers.

Additional information on the Water Plan activities including scheduled public workshops and other events can be found on the California Department of Water Resources website.


On a monthly basis, the California Water Plan program manager will check status of budget expenditures by program components and other authorized state agencies, to insure that annual budget allocations will not be exceeded. The program manager will also oversee all consultant contracts and review monthly invoices to verify that deliverables are acceptable, and the work is completed to the satisfaction of the Department of Water Resources (DWR). Program status, issues and significant accomplishments will be regularly discussed with DWR management, as well as the Delta Vision Executive Director, authorized by Executive Order S-17-06.


Annual reports will be prepared for Department of Water Resources (DWR) management that summarizes bond fund expenditures and progress achieved towards meeting each of the seven objectives outlined in the Front-end Accountability statement. The completion of milestone objectives for the California Water Plan (CWP) program will also be identified, such as the full public release of the public draft (December 2008) and final edition (December 2009) of the next CWP Update 2009 report. Because the Water Code specifies that this program will continue to produce new updates on statewide water needs every five years into the future, the program will continue without an end-point such that there would be no final end product.