Meeting of the California Water Commission - June 21, 2023

Warren-Alquist State Energy Building, 1516 9th Street, Rosenfeld Hearing Room, Sacramento, CA, 95814

Members of the public will be able to observe the meeting and provide public comments in-person at the meeting location 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: 899 0446 0321
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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. Acknowledgment of California Native American Tribal Governments

This is an opportunity for elected Tribal leaders and formally designated Tribal representatives to identify themselves and to specify the agenda item(s) on which they will comment, as described in the Commission’s California Native American Tribal Leadership Comment Policy.

5. Approval of May 17, 2023 Meeting Minutes

6. Executive Officer's Report

The Executive Officer will report on various matters addressed since the previous Commission meeting.

7. Commission Member Reports

This is an opportunity for members to disclose any meetings or conversations related to Commission business and held since the previous Commission meeting.

8. 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.

9. Water Storage Investment Program: Harvest Water Program Final Award Hearing (Action Item) 

Proposition 1 (the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014), Chapter 8 requires Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) applicants to complete several requirements before receiving final funding, including contracts for non-program cost share, contracts for the administration of public benefits, completed feasibility studies, completed environmental documentation, and all required federal, state, and local approvals, certifications, and agreements. Representatives of the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San), the project proponent for the Harvest Water Program, will discuss the Harvest Water Program and Regional San’s completion of the WSIP requirements. The Commission will consider awarding final funding to the Harvest Water Program, up to its Maximum Conditional Eligibility Determination amount, $291,841,209.

10. Water Storage Investment Program: Projects Update

Commission staff will provide an update on the progress of projects in the WSIP.

11. Water Storage Investment Program: Willow Springs Water Bank Conjunctive Use Project Progress Update

Representatives of the Southern California Water Bank Authority, the project proponent for the Willow Springs Water Bank Conjunctive Use Project, will update the Commission on the status of the project and progress toward completing the WSIP requirements. The Commission requested this update at its March 2023 meeting.

12. State Water Project Briefings: Annual Budget, Planned Activities, and Renewable Energy

Staff from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) will brief the Commission on the State Water Project (SWP) annual budget and multi-year planning, the SWP Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Management Strategy, Senate Bill 1020 and the SWP’s path to renewable energy, and the SWP Energy Roadmap released by DWR in 2022.

13. Update on Groundwater Trading and Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Implementation

DWR staff will provide an update on State activities related to the Commission’s May 2022 white paper on groundwater trading, as well as update the Commission on implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

14. Groundwater Trading: Practitioner Update

Two groundwater trading practitioners will discuss on-the-ground examples of and experiences with groundwater trading, including challenges and lessons learned.

15. Consideration of Items for Next California Water Commission Meeting

16. 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, June 19, 2023. 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.