Meeting of the California Water Commission - January 19, 2022


As a result of the COVID-19 emergency and pursuant to Government Code 11133, the January 19, 2022 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 in 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: 899 3872 0900
Passcode: 194604
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 15, 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 appear on the agenda.

Correspondence Received:

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. 2022 Commission Workplan

Commission staff will present an overview of Commission activities anticipated in 2022.

10. Groundwater Trading: Draft White Paper

Commission staff will present for Commission discussion a draft white paper containing preliminary findings around how to shape well-managed groundwater trading programs and proposed next steps for State engagement. This draft white paper synthesizes the information the Commission gathered for its consideration of well-managed groundwater trading programs to support Water Resilience Portfolio Action 3.6.

11. Informational Briefing on the Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project (Big Notch Project)

Department of Water Resources (DWR) staff will provide an overview of the Big Notch Project and upcoming work. The Big Notch Project will create critical floodplain habitat for juvenile salmon and improve a migration corridor for adult anadromous fish between the Sacramento River, floodplains of the Yolo Bypass, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. DWR will provide an overview of the project and the Commission’s role in adopting potential Resolutions of Necessity to complete the project.

12. California Water Plan Update 2023

Staff from DWR’s Division of Planning will brief the Commission on the planned timeline and process for developing California Water Plan Update 2023. The California Water Plan is the State's strategic plan for sustainably managing and developing water resources for current and future generations.

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 17, 2022. Written comments can be submitted to Staff will make every effort to provide comments received after this deadline electronically, but we cannot make any guarantees.