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Protecting Water at its Source

Healthy headwaters and watersheds are vital to the state’s water supply reliability.

Healthy Headwaters and Watersheds

Forests, meadows and source waters play a critical role in our water supply and water management system. Healthy headwaters ensure increased water supply reliability, improved water quality, reduced impacts from catastrophic wildfires, increased renewable energy supplies, improved response to climate change and enhanced habitat.

ACWA's Efforts

As extreme conditions like drought and wildfire continue to threaten California’s headwaters and watersheds, ACWA and the California Forest Watershed Alliance are providing leadership and advocacy for policies to increase the pace and scale of headwaters and forestry management and ensure funding for critical forest management activities. As part of this effort, ACWA works to educate audiences on the benefits of improved forestry management on the state’s water supply and quality.


ACWA Member Efforts

With 102 million dead trees in California forests, dealing with the impacts of the state’s tree mortality crisis will take cooperation, collaboration and long-term commitment. That’s why ACWA members in all areas of the state are working to protect and restore California’s headwaters and watersheds through innovative partnerships with local, state, and federal stakeholders and by advocating for improved forest management practices.

Learn More…

“...Water users in every part of the state are affected by the health of our headwaters. We need to do everything we can to work together to advance strategies that will protect headwaters...” Steve La Mar Irvine Ranch Water District

Wildfire Bill Passes House

by Josh Abel

The U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 1 passed the “Resilient Federal Forests Act,” HR 2936, by a vote of […]


Working Group Recommends Actions to Improve Wood Products Market, Restore Forests

by Teresa McGaffic

A California Natural Resources Agency working group established to advise on technical and economic means for expanding markets for local […]


PPIC Recommends Action to Protect Headwater Forests

by Teresa McGaffic

A newly released report by the Water Policy Center of the Public Policy Institute of California urges new commitment and […]


Wild and Scenic Rivers Bill Becomes Two-Year Bill

by Emily Allshouse

ACWA-opposed AB 975 (Friedman), which seeks to significantly expand the scope of the state’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, has […]


Little Hoover Commission Hearing Highlights Water Quality Impacts of Tree Mortality Crisis

by Emily Allshouse

As part of a series of hearings on California’s tree mortality crisis, the Little Hoover Commission Thursday discussed the impacts […]


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