Water Plan Updates
The California Water Plan Update 2018 (Update 2018) is currently under development. Update 2018 will focus on sustainable outcomes requiring a long-term, consistent, and self-correcting planning and policy-making framework. The public review draft (PRD) of Update 2018 will be released soon.
You can contribute to updates.
- Visit Participation to learn about the various ways to take part.
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- Read public comments.
- Submit your own comments.
Update 2018 advocates for developing a common understanding of what it means to manage and measure water resources for sustainability. The update sets goals and objectives, and recommends near-term actions, to overcome the challenges summarized in the document and to manage water resources for sustainability. Implementing the needed actions will require water resource planners, managers, and decision-makers to work together, track effectiveness, learn from what works, and adapt ineffective practices.
To accomplish and demonstrate the effectiveness of water management actions, their intended outcomes must be understood and aligned with the interests and values of Californians. Update 2018 organizes the intended outcomes that have been expressed by the water community around four broad categories of public benefits, or “societal values.”
- Public Health and Safety — All Californians are protected from health and safety threats and emergencies.
- Healthy Economy — A strong, diverse economy provides satisfying ways of life and well-being, as well as opportunities for economic prosperity, for all Californians.
- Ecosystem Vitality — Ecological functions and processes that sustain ecosystems and fish and wildlife habitat are maintained and improved.
- Opportunities for Enriching Experiences — All Californians have opportunities for cultural, spiritual, recreational, and aesthetic experiences.
Update 2013, released on October 2014, is designed to work in tandem, and help implement, the Governor’s Water Action Plan (PDF). At more than 3,500 pages, Update 2013 covers a variety of information, from detailed descriptions of current and potential regional and statewide water conditions, to a “Roadmap for Action” intended to achieve desired benefits and outcomes.
Update 2013 recognizes and reflects 5 things every Californian should know:
- Water is the essence of life for California.
- California’s complex water system is in crisis.
- A diverse portfolio approach is required.
- Solutions require integration, alignment, and investment.
- We all have a role to play in securing our future.
California's Groundwater Update 2013: A Compilation of Enhanced Content for California Water Plan Update 2013 compiles and analyzes readily-available groundwater information to characterize California’s groundwater basins, aquifers, and well infrastructure. The Update expands and enhances baseline groundwater information on a regional scale, identifies challenges associated with sustainable groundwater management and helps guide implementation of diverse resource management strategies. Statewide and regional findings, data gaps and recommendations to improve groundwater management also are included.
The report is organized into a statewide report with findings and recommendations and regional reports. Technical appendices A-F can be found on the Technical Documentation page.
Update 2009 follows the Update 2005 roadmap of strategies for sustainable water use but with an increased sense of urgency. Update 2009 reinforces the need to follow the principles of integrated water management – statewide and regionally – and to use water efficiently, improve water quality and reliability, and integrate environmental stewardship into every aspect of how we manage our water.
The plan is organized in 5 volumes plus a Highlights booklet.
California Water Plan Update 2005 is a roadmap for meeting the state’s water demands today and into the future. It identifies pressing issues and includes a strategic plan with goals, policy recommendations, and actions to ensure sustainable water uses and reliable water supplies in the face of uncertainty and change. The plan also outlines an array of management strategies and collaborative approaches to increase supply, use water efficiently, protect water quality, and restore the environment.
The plan is organized in five volumes plus a Highlights booklet.