Meeting of the California Water Commission - July 21, 2021


In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-08-21, as well as recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the July 21, 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: 864 0930 4362
Passcode: 356085
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 June 16, 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: Eligibility Requirements

Water Code §79757 states that a project is not eligible for Water Storage Investment Program funding unless project proponents and the Commission complete several statutory requirements by January 1, 2022. Project proponents must provide completed feasibility studies, draft environmental documentation made available for public review, and commitments for at least 75 percent of the non-public benefit cost share of the project. The Commission must also find the project to be feasible. In preparation for projects completing these requirements and the Commission making feasibility findings later this year, Commission staff will provide an overview of how this information will be submitted, reviewed, and presented to enable the Commission to make a feasibility determination.

9. State Water Project Briefings: Infrastructure Management

The Commission will continue its 2021 State Water Project (SWP) briefings by hosting presentations about SWP infrastructure management. This year, the Commission is focusing on the theme of creating a resilient State Water Project by addressing climate change and aging infrastructure to provide multiple benefits for Californians. At this meeting, the Commission will receive briefings on asset management, planned major activities and budget for the SWP for the coming year, and dam safety. The Commission will also hear from a panel of stakeholders.

10. Groundwater Trading: Presentation on Groundwater Rights Law

As part of the Commission’s consideration of well-managed groundwater trading programs to support Water Resilience Portfolio Action 3.6, the Commission will hear from the State Water Resources Control Board and an expert speaker on groundwater rights and how they apply to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and to groundwater trading.

11. Consideration of Items for Next California Water Commission Meeting

12. 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, July 19. Staff will make every effort to provide comments received after this deadline electronically, but we cannot make any guarantees.