DWR Releases Final California Water Plan Update 2018 by Will Holbert Jul 17, 2019 Water News SACRAMENTO –The Department of Water Resources has released the long-anticipated Final 2018 Update to the California Water Plan, which will provide analytical support for building the Water Resilience Portfolio called for by Gov. Gavin Newsom. State Water Code requires DWR to update the California Water Plan every five years. ACWA representatives served on an advisory committee that helped guide the creation of the 2018 Update, which closely follows previously reviewed drafts. It is based on a collection of supporting documents that describe the plan’s findings and recommended actions in greater detail. The 2018 Update, summarized in a DWR news release, opens with letters from DWR Director Karla Nemeth and California’s Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot. By informing the Water Resilience Portfolio, the 2018 Update dovetails into a process initiated by an April Executive Order from Newsom. Since then, what’s become known as the Governor’s One Water Team – composed of the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Food and Agriculture – is engaging with ACWA and other members of the state’s water industry to develop the Water Resilience Portfolio by the end of 2019. The 2018 Update itself will be discussed during a July 29 webinar hosted by DWR. The webinar will include an overview of the 2018 Update and changes made to it based on a public comment period in December 2018.