California Water Commission
The California Water Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Seven members are chosen for their expertise related to the control, storage, and beneficial use of water and two are chosen for their knowledge of the environment. The Commission provides a public forum for discussing water issues, advises the Director of the Department of Water Resources on matters within the Department’s jurisdiction, approves rules and regulations, and monitors and reports on the construction and operation of the State Water Project. Proposition 1: The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act approved by voters in 2014, gave the Commission new responsibilities regarding the distribution of public funds set aside for the public benefits of water storage projects, and developing regulations for the quantification and management of those benefits. In 2018, the Commission approved maximum conditional funding amounts for eight projects in the Water Storage Investment Program.
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WSIP Frequently Asked Questions
The Commission has released several Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) documents covering different phases of WSIP implementation. All the FAQ documents can now be found on the FAQs Page, which can be accessed by clicking the link above. The page will be updated as more FAQs become available.
New Strategic Plan
The Commission released its new Strategic Plan, which is available at the link in the title above. Reviewed and updated every five years, the 2020 Strategic Plan includes a new mission statement, goals, and objectives that reflect the critical need to reshape the way we manage water as California experiences an increasingly extreme hydrologic regime. The Commission will use this document to develop its annual work plans.
Proposed Regulations for Procedure for WIIN Act Determination
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act was enacted by Congress on December 16, 2016. The purposes of the WIIN Act include improving water infrastructure across the country. Section 4007 addresses water projects in California and makes funding available to build water storage projects in California. The proposed regulations provide the process for a project proponent to obtain the California Water Commission’s determination that the project is consistent with Proposition 1. The Commission is accepting public comments on the proposed rulemaking; to be considered, comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on December 18. The link in the title above opens the web page containing the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposed regulations, and Initial Statement of Reasons. Information about how to provide comments can be found in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.