Meeting of the California Water Commission - May 19, 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 May 19, 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: 878 7595 5455

Passcode: 562246

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 April 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 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. Water Storage Investment Program: Early Funding Request (Action Item)

Representatives from the Chino Basin Conjunctive Use Environmental Water Storage/Exchange Program will present their request for early funding to the Commission. The Commission will decide whether to award early funding to the project and the amount.

9. Assessing a State Role in Financing Conveyance: Preliminary Findings and Conclusions

As part of the Commission’s work assessing a state role in financing resilient conveyance projects, Commission staff will present a draft white paper containing preliminary findings and conclusions for Commission discussion.

Correspondence Received:

10. State Water Project Briefings: Climate Change and the Delta

The Commission will continue its 2021 State Water Project (SWP) briefings by providing information about the Department of Water Resources’ efforts related to climate change and the Delta. The Commission will receive briefings on the Department of Water Resources’ Climate Change Adaptation Plan, green infrastructure and watershed management, Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations, and Delta conveyance.

Correspondence Received:

11. Water Trading: Workplan (Action Item)

In light of the March 15, 2021 letter from California’s Secretaries for Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, and Food and Agriculture, Commission staff has developed a proposed workplan to carry out Water Resilience Portfolio Action 3.6. Staff will present the proposed workplan for Commission discussion and approval.

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