Update 2023

Image showing an aerial view of the confluence of the Sacramento and Feather rivers, northwest of Sacramento, California. Vast agricultural lands extend from the confluence to distant mountains.
Update 2023

The planning process for Update 2023 includes robust stakeholder engagement to develop a trusted body of knowledge, increase alignment and efficiency among State agencies, build support for its recommendations, and inform implementation and investments.

The California Water Plan (CWP), updated every five years, is the State’s strategic plan for sustainably and equitably managing and developing water resources for current and future generations. Update 2023 will promote climate resilience across regions and water sectors with a statewide vision, clear goals, watershed planning framework and toolkit, and progress-tracking dashboard of indicators. It will also include updated resource management strategies, regional planning and performance tracking tools, water balances, future scenarios, and other technical and policy-related activities related to water resilience and sustainability.

Intended Outcomes of Update 2023

Update 2023 will:

  • Promote Climate Change Adaptation
  • Support California's Regions
  • Strengthen Water Equity

The preparation of Update 2023 provides a venue for aligning State agencies tasked with implementing California's Water Resilience Portfolio (WRP). A cornerstone of Update 2023, the WRP, is the Administration’s roadmap for California water management considering climate change, more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, declining fish populations, groundwater overdraft, and other challenges. Update 2023 will advance a statewide vision, watershed resilience planning framework with strategies and toolkit, and indicators and metrics to track progress, sustainability, and resilience.

Update 2023 will also be informed by a diverse group of stakeholders. Engagement venues include:

  • Core State Agency Team
  • Policy Advisory Committee
  • Tribal Advisory Committee
  • Regional forums
  • Topic and/or place-based workshops

Key Elements Shaping the Process & Context of Update 2023

Diagram showing the key elements in shaping the development of Update 2023. These are the State Water Code, the Water Resilience Portfolio, stakeholders, and the Governor's climate action plan.

Additional information about Update 2023 can be found in the Update 2023 Brochure. Please direct any questions to the Water Plan Team