Water Resilience Portfolio Efforts

On July 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom released a final version of the Water Resilience Portfolio, the Administration’s blueprint for equipping California to cope with more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, declining fish populations, over-reliance on groundwater and other challenges.

The Portfolio was developed by California’s Natural Resources Agency, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Food and Agriculture.

ACWA staff is currently reviewing the document. ACWA submitted a 10-page comment letter on Feb. 7 in response to the Draft Water Resilience Portfolio. Staff developed the comments with extensive input from a working group of members with expertise in various topics and representing every ACWA Region. The comment letter can be viewed below.

ACWA Resources

Association of California Water Agencies’ Comments regarding the Draft Water
Resilience Portfolio – Feb. 7, 2020

ACWA Recommendations to the Newsom Administration for the Water Resilience Portfolio – Sept. 9, 2019

Communications Advisory: ACWA Engaged with State’s Water Resilience Portfolio Effort – July 1, 2019

Working Group

ACWA created a 28-member Water Resilience Portfolio Working Group comprised of subject matter experts and water industry leaders from within all 10 ACWA Regions. The Working Group helped guide the work of ACWA staff in developing recommendations for the Portfolio.


Chair – Steve Lamar, ACWA Vice President
Vice Chair – Scott Petersen, San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Agency

Policy Leads

Topic Name Role in ACWA/Agency Region
Agriculture Michelle Reimers Turlock Irrigation District 4
Jason Phillips Friant Water Authority 7
Climate Change Steve LaMar ACWA Vice President 10
Marlaigne Dumaine East Bay MUD 5
Delta Conveyance Roger Patterson MWD of So. Cal. 8
Jim Peifer Vice Chair, Fed. Affairs Comm. 4
Ecosystems Grant Davis Sonoma Water Agency 1
Lewis Bair Reclamation Dist. 108 2
Flood Management Curt Aikens Yuba Water Agency 2
Antonio Alfaro Santa Clara Valley WD 5
Funding Brian Poulsen Chair, State Leg. Comm. 3
Groundwater John Woodling Chair, Groundwater Comm. 4
Eric Averett Vice Chair, Groudwater Comm. 7
Deanna Jackson Tri-County Water Authority 6
Headwaters Willie Whittlesey Chair, Headwaters Work Group 2
Infrastructure Patrick O’Dowd Chair, Fed. Affairs Comm. 9
Scott Petersen San Luis Delta-Mendota W.A. 6
Water Reuse Paul Jones Eastern MWD 9
Regional Self Reliance Larry McKenney Co-Chair, IRWM Subcommittee 10
Lance Eckhart Co-Chair, IRWM Subcommittee 9
Safe Drinking Water Larry McKenney Chair, DAC Task Force 10
Steve Bigley Vice Chair, Water Quality Comm. 9
Brad Coffey MWD of So. Cal. 8
Storage Ted Trimble Vice Chair, Water Mgmt. Comm. 2
Jerry Brown Contra Costa Water District 5
Voluntary Agreements Curt Aikens Yuba Water Agency 2
Michelle Reimers Turlock Irrigation District 4
Water Supply Paul Shoenberger Chair, Water Mgmt. Comm. 10
Jennifer Burke City of Santa Rosa 1
Water Use Efficiency Elizabeth Lovsted San Diego County W.A. 10
Debbie Liebersbach Turlock Irrigation District 4


Governor Gavin Newsom on April 29 signed an executive order directing the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to identify and assess a suite of complementary actions to ensure safe and resilient water supplies, flood protection and healthy waterways for the state’s communities, economy and environment.

The order seeks to broaden California’s approach on water as the state faces a range of existing challenges, including unsafe drinking water, major flood risks that threaten public safety, severely depleted groundwater aquifers, agricultural communities coping with uncertain water supplies and native fish populations threatened with extinction.

To learn more about the portfolio, please visit the State’s Water Resilience Portfolio website. You may also read the Governor’s Executive Order at the link below.

Link to Governor’s Executive Order

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