ESA Implementation Policy Principles

The federal and state Endangered Species Acts (ESA) are among the most powerful pieces of legislation ever enacted to manage the natural resources of California and the nation. Depending upon how these acts are implemented, they can both generate significant benefits and create substantial economic harm.

ACWA believes the current situation in the Delta provides a significant opportunity to improve the implementation of the ESA. The principles set forth below outline a more effective approach to ESA implementation that incorporates the co-equal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem enhancement that are the basis of California law. 

Resolutions of Support

ACWA is asking its member agencies to show support for this approach by formally endorsing the policy principles at this critical time.

A sample resolution is available for your agency to use to state your support for these principles that encourage state and federal agencies to develop comprehensive strategies that also consider economic and social stability.

ESA_Policy_Principles.pdf1.43 MB
Sample Resolution in Support of Principles.pdf28.13 KB