Meeting of the California Water Commission - January 20, 2021


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 January 20, 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: 854 1355 8493

Passcode: 215909

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 December 16, 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.

8. 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 a Vice Chair.

9. Assessing a State Role in Financing Conveyance Projects

As part of the Commission’s continuing work on assessing a state role in financing resilient conveyance projects, the Commission will consider information presented to date and discuss how to proceed with formulating recommendations.

10. Public Hearing for the Adoption of Regulations: Special Application for Early Funding (Action Item) 

The Commission will consider the adoption of regulations governing the special application for early funding in the Water Storage Investment Program. The Commission adopted these regulations as emergency regulations at its August 19, 2020 meeting. This item is to adopt the regulations through the regular rulemaking process, pursuant to the Notice of Proposed Action published on November 27, 2020, to ensure the regulations become permanent.

Correspondence Received:

11. Water Storage Investment Program: Screening Process

Staff will update the Commission on the screening process approved at the December 16, 2020 Commission meeting, including an overview of screening submittal content needed to obtain a finding of feasibility from the Commission. The screening process is designed to allow potential projects to meet the statutory deadline set forth in Water Code section 79757.

12. Water Storage Investment Program: Adjustment of Maximum Conditional Eligibility Determinations (Action Item)

Commission staff will provide the Commission information requested during the December 16, 2020 meeting regarding staff’s recommendations to 1) adjust the Kern Fan Groundwater Storage Project and Willow Springs Water Bank Conjunctive Use Project’s Maximum Conditional Eligibility Determination (MCED) and 2) adjust the MCEDs of all seven projects within the Water Storage Investment Program for inflation. The Commission will continue deliberations on staff’s recommendations.

Correspondence Received:

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, January 18. Staff will make every effort to provide comments received after this deadline electronically, but we cannot make any guarantees.