Meeting of the California Water Commission - May 20, 2020


In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders N-29-20 and N-33-20, as well as recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the May 20, 2020, California Water Commission meeting will not have a physical location. This will be a remote-only meeting, conducted via a web-based videoconferencing service called Zoom. At the same time, the Commission remains committed to transparency. Members of the public will be able to listen to and watch the meeting and comment if desired. 


Members of the public who plan to comment at the meeting can register for the webinar on Zoom ( More detailed instructions on how to use Zoom and participate in the meeting can be found on the public participation guide.


Alternatively, on the morning of the Commission meeting, members of the public can offer verbal comments by telephone. Members of the public do not have to register beforehand if they call in using the number below:
Phone Number: (669) 900-6833
Webinar ID: 831 6827 5165


The meeting will be webcast live at: Individuals who only want to watch or listen should use this option as it preserves interactive meeting resources for those who are commenting on items. 


1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Closed Session

The Commission may hold a closed session, as authorized by Government Code §11126(e), to confer with and receive advice from its legal counsel regarding potential litigation, and as authorized by Government Code §11126(a).

4. Approval of February 19, 2020 Meeting Minutes

5. Executive Officer's Report

The Executive Officer will report on various matters addressed since the previous Commission meeting.

Correspondence Received:

6. Commission Member Reports

This is an opportunity for members to disclose any meetings or conversations related to Commission business since the previous Commission meeting.

7. Public Testimony

Although no formal Commission action will be taken, the Commission offers an opportunity to the public to address the Commission on items of interest that are within the Commission’s jurisdiction, but that do not specifically appear on the agenda.

8. Action Item: Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) Request for Additional Early Funding Under the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP)

In July 2018, the Commission made a maximum conditional eligibility determination (MCED) of $459 M to the CCWD to expand the Los Vaqueros Reservoir, with $13.6M of the MCED awarded as early funding for planning and permitting. The Commission will consider CCWD’s request to increase the amount of early funding.

Correspondence Received Regarding Item 8:

9. Action Item: Annual Review of the State Water Project

Commission staff will present the 2019 Annual Review of the State Water Project for Commission consideration and possible approval.

Correspondence Received Regarding Item 9:

10. Priorities for California's Water

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) will present its October 2019 report, “Priorities for California’s Water,” highlighting the statewide and regional conveyance infrastructure issues.

Correspondence Received Regarding Item 10:

11. State Role in Financing Regional Conveyance Infrastructure (Postponed)

The Commission will consider how to proceed with its assessment of a state role in financing conveyance projects that help address water resiliency with changing climate.

Correspondence Received Regarding Item 11:

12. Consideration of Items for Next California Water Commission Meeting

13. Adjourn

*The Commission may break for lunch as needed.*

Written comments regarding specific items on this agenda will be provided to the Commissioners as part of their meeting packets if they are received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18. Staff will make every effort to provide comments received after this deadline electronically, but we cannot make any guarantees.