Meeting of the California Water Commission - November 18, 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 November 18, 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. The Commission remains committed to transparency. Members of the public will be able to listen to and watch the meeting and comment if desired.

Registration is not required to provide public comments. Members of the public who wish to comment during the meeting can do so by joining on Zoom ( More detailed instructions on how to use Zoom and participate in the meeting can be found on the public participation guide.

Alternatively, members of the public can offer verbal comments by telephone by calling one of the numbers below:

(408) 638-0968
(669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 869 2951 9487

Passcode: 621024

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. Election of Commission Officers (Action Item)

Consistent with the Internal Rules and Guidelines for Activities of the California Water Commission, adopted February 2011, the Commission will elect a Chair and Vice Chair to fill the vacancies until the next election in January, consistent with the internal rules governing Commission elections.

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 October 21, 2020 Meeting Minutes

5. Executive Officer's Report

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

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.

Correspondence Received:

8. Conveyance Projects Panel Discussion

In preparation for the Commission’s work assessing a state role in financing conveyance projects, a panel of project proponents will discuss conveyance projects being proposed by their organizations. A second panel will discuss the Human Right to Water within the context of conveyance projects.

Correspondence Received:

9. Water Storage Investment Program: Options for Available Funding

Commission staff will discuss the resolution received from the Temperance Flat Reservoir Authority indicating the project is withdrawing from consideration for funding from the Water Storage Investment Program and discuss options for the use of available funds.

Correspondence Received:

10. State Water Project Briefing: Subsidence and the State Water Project

Department of Water Resources (DWR) staff will brief the Commission on the impact of subsidence on State Water Project infrastructure and how DWR is responding to those impacts.

11. State Water Project Briefing: Construction Update

DWR staff will update the Commission on State Water Project construction activities.

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, November 16. Staff will make every effort to provide comments received after this deadline electronically, but we cannot make any guarantees.