Meeting of the California Water Commission - July 20, 2022

State of California, Resources Building, 715 P Street, First Floor Auditorium, Sacramento, CA, 95814

Commission member Jose Solorio will participate from the following location, which will be open to the public:

Moulton Niguel Water District
26161 Gordon Road, Room 245

Laguna Hills, CA 92652

Members of the public will be able to observe the meeting and provide public comments in-person at the meeting location(s) or remotely. Remote participation will be conducted via a web-based videoconferencing service called Zoom.

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: 828 6716 3563
Passcode: 406148
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 May 18, 2022 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 Regarding This Item:

8. Consideration of Division of Safety of Dams Enforcement Regulations (Action Item)

The Department of Water Resources’s (DWR’s) Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) developed proposed regulations to impose administrative civil penalties, punitive reservoir restrictions, and other actions to ensure compliance with California’s Dam Safety Program. The Commission approved the regulations for submission to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on October 21, 2021. DWR submitted the regulations for final approval from OAL, but subsequently withdrew them. DSOD made modifications, and published the notice of the modified proposed regulations for public comment on June 20, 2022.  Written comments on the modified proposed regulations are due by July 2, 2022 or may be submitted at the meeting.  DSOD staff will present the modified proposed regulations for Commission approval, pursuant to California Water Code section 161.

9. Six-Year Drought: California Droughts of the Past, Present, and Future Expert Panel

In support of Water Resilience Portfolio Action 26.3, a panel of experts will present climate science, water management, and water policy perspectives on droughts in California.

10. Water Storage Investment Program: Request to Increase Early Funding Award Amount (Action Item)

In February 2022, the Commission voted to adjust the Maximum Conditional Eligibility Determinations (MCEDs) of all projects in the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) to account for inflation. WSIP projects may receive up to 5% of a project’s MCED as an early funding award to pay for completion of environmental documentation and permits. The Commission will consider a request from Southern California Water Bank Authority, project proponent for the Willow Springs Water Bank Conjunctive Use Project, to increase its early funding award amount as a result of its increased MCED to 5% of the adjusted MCED.

11. Water Storage Investment Program: Road to Final Funding

Commission staff will present an overview of the Water Storage Investment Program’s remaining process from the present through projects’ final award hearings.

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, July 18, 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. Comments received by the Commission related to meeting agenda items will not be edited and will be posted to the Commission's webpage in their entirety.