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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 inclusive plan.

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 Governor's Budget.

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.