ACWA Policy Statement on Bay-Delta Flows

ACWA’s Board of Directors has adopted a strong policy statement urging the State Water Resources Control Board to set aside its problematic “unimpaired flow” approach to setting new water quality objectives in the Bay-Delta watershed.

The statement, adopted in a special meeting by conference call on March 10, calls on the State Water Board to heed Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for negotiated agreements, which have proven successful in achieving positive ecological outcomes while maintaining water supply reliability. ACWA believes the state’s policy on flows should embrace a collaborative, comprehensive approach that protects and promotes both water supply reliability and ecosystem health.

The State Water Board staff proposal to base new water quality objectives on a “percentage of unimpaired flow” could lead to widespread fallowing of agricultural land and negatively affect water reliability for much of the state’s population. The singular focus on unimpaired flow is incompatible with the state’s policy of coequal goals and other broader policy commitments in the Brown Administration’s California Water Action Plan.

Read ACWA's Policy Statement on Bay-Delta Flows here.

ACWA submitted the policy statement to the State Water Board along with its formal comment letter on the Phase 1 update to the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan. 

Read ACWA's Comment letter here.

Action Requested on ACWA Board Policy Statement

To demonstrate the broadest support possible for ACWA’s policy statement, ACWA is requesting its member agencies adopt a resolution and use key message points to educate audience on the issue. A sample resolution and message points are available to ACWA members here.

Members-Only Webinars

A members-only webinar held twice on Wednesday, March 29 gave members a chance to learn more about the policy statement and why it is important. 

Members can access the webinar presentations and archive recordings here.


Questions about the policy statement may be directed to ACWA Senior Regulatory Advocate Rebecca Franklin.  

Questions about member outreach and webinars may be directed to Senior Regional Affairs Representative Brandon Ida.