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 - Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) Public Benefit Ratio Appeal Responses
Commission staff has released revised staff recommended Public Benefit Ratios (PBRs) in response to applicant appeals received in February. The staff responses to appeals can be found on the WSIP Project Review Portal. A summary chart showing each applicant's funding request, pre-appeal PBR, and post-appeal PBR can be viewed here.

· WSIP Frequently Asked Questions
The Commission has released several Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) documents covering different phases of WSIP implementation. All these FAQ documents can now be found on the FAQs Page. The page will be updated as more FAQs become avaialble.

· WSIP PBR Meetings - April 24 and 25
On April 24 and 25, Commission staff will hold public meetings to discuss updated staff recommendations regarding PBRs for WSIP applications. For more information about these meetings, see the meeting announcement.

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To contact us or join our email listserve and receive updates about future meetings, please email

 Upcoming Meetings​

April 25, 2018
at 9 AM
Meeting of the California Water Commission
May 23, 2018
at 9:30 AM
Meeting of the California Water Commission (June 27th - 29th)
June 27, 2018 at 9:30 AM
Meeting of the California Water Commission (July 24th - 26th)
July 24, 2018 at 9:30 AM

· WSIP Applications
The WSIP Project Review Portal is now active.
This portal allows the public to access WSIP applications, review, and decision related documents.

· WSIP Public Benefit Ratio Meeting Recordings
Commission staff and WSIP reviewers met with WSIP applicants to help answer questions applicants had regarding reviewer adjustments to their Public Benefit Ratios. The recordings of these meetings are available here.

· WSIP Summary Page
June 2018, the Commission will determine the maximum funding for which each water storage project is eligible, provided the completion of statutory requirements and pending final Commission award. The information on the Program Summary page provides an overview of the Commission's review and decision-making process and the projects that applied for funding.