California Water Action Plan
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has released the final California Water Action Plan
The Governor directed the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection
Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to identify key actions for the next one to
five years that address urgent needs and provide the foundation for the sustainable management of
California’s water resources.
Each entity worked with affiliated and interested parties and individuals to gain additional input and
provide guidance on future actions. The contributions received from a wide range of industry, government
and nongovernmental organizations greatly helped to inform the revisions and led to a comprehensive and
Some of the changes that resulted from the public review process include: managing headwaters for
greater benefits, an increased focus on conservation and water energy efficiency, and more discussion of
drought measures. The final document is a synthesis of public input and a declaration of the priorities
of the Brown administration.
The Governor’s 2014-15 budget proposes $618.7 million in funding priorities for the Water Action Plan
and would lay a solid fiscal foundation for implementing near-term actions. This includes funding for
water efficiency projects, wetland and watershed restoration, groundwater programs, conservation, flood
control, and integrated water management. More information about proposed funding for the plan can be
found in the
We look forward to working with you as we implement the
Water Action Plan.
We encourage you to continue your engagement as we pursue the plan’s goals of a reliable water supply,
ecosystem restoration, and a resilient water infrastructure. And as dry conditions persist, please help
us to promote water conservation as a way of life by visiting and sharing the
Save Our Water website.