California Water Action Plan
Water Action Plan Implementation Report
Led by the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the effort to develop and implement the California Water Action Plan is collaborative and inclusive, involving a broad array of affected state entities, federal, local and tribal partners, and the public.
The California Water Action Plan – released by Governor Brown in January 2014 – is a roadmap for the first five years of the state’s journey toward sustainable water management. Implementation during the first year was marked by significant achievements. In 2014 we saw overwhelming voter approval for a $7.545 billion water bond (Proposition 1 in November 2014) and passage of historic groundwater legislation that will provide much needed tools, financial assistance and technical support to assist regions across the state in achieving sustainable groundwater management at the local level. Additionally, 2014 brought a renewed focus on the importance of reinvesting in our water management systems and watersheds in order to address the current drought challenges and prepare for future uncertainties. State agencies undertook numerous actions in response to the drought, including stepping up conservation programs to encourage Californians to reduce their water use by at least 20 percent and enacting measures to protect water supply and water quality. The results speak for themselves. Since July 2014, more than 105 billion gallons of water have been saved compared to last year – enough to supply 1.37 million California residents for a year. In November of 2014, most of the state’s hydrologic regions exhibited the best water conservation numbers since data reporting began. A review of state agency actions throughout 2014 shows that more than 100 efforts furthering the Action Plan were either continued or initiated.
This report details the origins of the Action Plan, highlights achievements to date, and outlines activities for the next four years.
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.