California Water Commission

The California Water Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Seven members  are chosen for their general expertise related to the control, storage, and beneficial use of water and two are chosen for their knowledge of the environment. The Commission provides a public forum for discussing water issues, advises the Department of Water Resources (DWR), and takes appropriate statutory actions to further the development of policies that support integrated and sustainable water resource management and a healthy environment. Statutory duties include advising the Director of DWR, approving rules and regulations, and monitoring and reporting on the construction and operation of the State Water Project. 

· NEW - WSIP Application Period Begins March 14

The California Water Commission announced that starting March 14, 2017, proponents of new water storage projects in California may submit applications for funding of public benefits under the wat
er bond approved by California voters in 2014. Proposition 1 - the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act - a $7.5 billion water bond for investments in the state's water management systems, includes $2.7 billion for public benefits related to new water storage projects.

More information can be found in the release here.

· NEW - WSIP Application Resources

The new Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) Application Resources page provides information and resources about the WSIP application schedule and process. New information and documents related to the WSIP application process will be posted there as they become available.

See the WSIP Application Resources page for more information.

· NEW - Annual Report and SWP Review

The Commission's 2016 Annual Report and 2016 Annual Review of the State Water Project are now available.

The 2016 Annual Report can be found here.

The 2016 Annual Review of the State Water Project can be found here.

· NEW - New Leadership Elected

At its February 15 meeting, the Commission voted to elect Armando Quintero as Chair and Carol Baker as Vice-Chair of the California Water Commission.

See the Members page for information about the Commission's members and leadership.

· NEW - Save the Date for WSIP Workshop

The California Water Commission will hold an application assistance workshop for potential applicants of the Water Storage Investment Program on March 30, 2017 in Sacramento. More information can be found on the Save the Date flyer.

· WSIP Rulemaking Package Filed

The Final Rulemaking Package for the Water Storage Investment Program regulations was filed with the Office of Administrative Law on January 23, 2017.

More information and related documents can be found on the Quantification Rulemaking page.

· Commission Executive Officer Vacancy

The Commission is seeking a leader with knowledge of California water policy issues and management expertise to fill the position of its Executive Officer.

More information about this position can be found here.

· Water Storage Investment Program Public Participation Guide

The Commission has released a Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) Public Participation Guide to provide information about opportunities and methods for public involvement in the WSIP.

The Public Participation Guide is available here.
La Guía de Participación Pública está aquí.

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 Upcoming Meetings​

March 30, 2017
at 9:30 AM
Meeting of the California Water Commission
April 20, 2017
at 9:30 AM
Meeting of the California Water Commission
May 18, 2017
at 9:30 AM
Meeting of the California Water Commission
June 21, 2017
at 9:30 AM