Meeting of the California Water Commission - August 18, 2021


In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-08-21, as well as recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the August 18, 2021, 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: 870 3911 2877
Passcode: 002270
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 July 21, 2021 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 for 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. Water Storage Investment Program: Kern Fan Groundwater Storage Project Update

Representatives of the Kern Fan Groundwater Storage Project will provide an overview of the proposed project and update the Commission on the project’s current status and progress toward implementation.

9. Water Storage Investment Program: Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project Update

Representatives of the Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project will provide an overview of the proposed project and update the Commission on the project’s current status and progress toward implementation.

10. Groundwater Accounting and Budgeting Platform

Representatives from the California Water Data Consortium and Environmental Defense Fund will provide an information on the state/private partnership to develop a freely available, open-source groundwater accounting and budgeting platform.

11. State Water Project Flexible Resources Study

State Water Project (SWP) Power and Risk Office staff will provide an update on the Flexible Resources Study being conducted to assess the SWP’s potential to support the State’s clean energy policy governing flexible demand for electricity, as required by SB 49, signed by the Governor on October 9, 2019.

12. Groundwater Trading: Panel Discussion on Exploring Groundwater Trading

A panel of water managers and experts will explore how groundwater trading is being implemented in California and elsewhere, focusing on safeguards for vulnerable water users; stakeholder engagement; governance and oversight; and the state role in trading programs. This panel discussion is part of the Commission’s consideration of well-managed groundwater trading programs to support Water Resilience Portfolio Action 3.6.

13. Consideration of Items for Next California Water Commission Meeting

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