CALFED Bay-Delta Program heading
  • Governor Brown
  • John Laird, Resources Secretary
  • Joe Grindstaff, CALFED Director

Water Policy Issues

Front Cover of California Water Plan Update 2005

The levee system of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is an important part of both the Governor’s Strategic Growth Plan for California and the State Water Plan. Both documents are roadmaps for ways to meet the needs of California to manage water as a key resource of the state.

California’s history has been shaped by the natural inequities between the distribution of its precipitation and its population: two-thirds of California’s precipitation falls in the North while two-thirds of its population lives in the South.

Water policy must focus on dealing with this inequity in ways that worked during both times of abundance and shortage. Today, that system is an aging one from both the perspective of scope and strength.


Governor’s Strategic Growth Plan

Photo of Governor SchwarzeneggerTo provide for the state’s water future, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made growth and renewal of California into the 21st Century a priority. His plan to invest in the state’s aging infrastructure – the largest bond measure in the history of the state – was approved by voters in November of 2006. Now the Governor is working with members of the Legislature and citizens throughout the state to continue this renewal process through a second infrastructure bond.


Other Insights for California’s Water Future

The California Water Plan is one of several key policy documents that guide the future of California water and the Delta, as is the CALFED Record of Decision (ROD). The California Water Plan is currently under review for update and the CALFED Program is preparing an End of Stage 1 Report – a review of its first seven years of operation. Last year, the CALFED Program issued a 10-Year Action Plan to assist in meeting its ROD commitments.

California Water Plan

CALFED 10-Year Action Plan