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.

Leadership

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

Background

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

Suggested Resources

15 RESOURCES prev next
Comment Letter: Conservation Agriculture Planning Grants Program RFP

Agency: California Department of Food and Agriculture Subject: 2021 Conservation Agriculture Planning Grants Program RFP Letter excerpt: The Association of California […]

Comment Letter: Draft Public Health Goals for PFAS

Agency: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Subject: Proposed Public Health Goals for perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate Letter excerpt: […]

Comment Letter: Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Program

Agency: Department of Water Resources Subject: ACWA Comments – Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Program Letter excerpt: The Association of California […]

Comment Letter: Draft Groundwater Management and Drinking Water Well Principles and Strategies

Agency: Department of Water Resources Subject: Draft Groundwater Management and Drinking Water Well Principles and Strategies Letter excerpt: The Association of […]

Comment Letter: Senate Water and Power Subcommittee Hearing on Drought

To: Chair Wyden and Ranking Member Hyde-Smith Subject: ACWA Comments for Senate Water and Power Subcommittee Hearing on Drought in […]

Comment Letter: Forest Service Reconciliation

To: Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer, Leader McCarthy, and Leader McConnell Letter excerpt: The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) […]

2021 Save Our Water Toolkit

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Comment Letter: Advanced Clean Fleets Regulation

Agency: California Air Resources Board Subject: :Association of California Water Agencies’ Comments on Draft Regulatory Language for the Advanced Clean […]

Webinar – ACWA’s Newest Preferred Provider: TerraVerde Energy

ACWA is pleased to announce TerraVerde Energy has been selected as ACWA’s Preferred Provider for energy consulting services. On September […]

Comment Letter: Draft Water and Wastewater Arrearage Payment Program Guidelines

Agency: State Water Resources Control Board Subject: : Comment Letter – Draft Water and Wastewater Arrearage Payment Program Guidelines Letter excerpt: […]

Federal Regulatory Issues Chart

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Webinar: Technology to Address Trends in Damage Prevention

On August 31, 2021 ACWA Associate PelicanCorp hosted a webinar on “Technology to Address Trends in Damage Prevention”. This webinar […]

2021 Water Professionals Appreciation Week Toolkit

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Comment Letter: Request for Budget Reconcilation

To: Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer, Republican Leader McCarthy, and Minority Leader McConnell Letter excerpt: The Association of California Water Agencies […]

Comment Letter: Draft Fund Expenditure Plan for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund

Agency: State Water Resources Control Board Subject: : Comment Letter – Draft Fund Expenditure Plan for the Safe and Affordable […]

Suggested News

15 Articles prev next
ACWA Members Testify Before House At Colorado River Drought Hearing

Washington, D.C. — The House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife concluded an oversight hearing today on how drought is […]

Committee on Environment and Public Works Holds Hearing on EPA PFAS Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today held a hearing to assess the Environmental Protection […]

Sacramento-Area Water Providers Celebrate 20 Years of RWA Collaboration

Twenty years ago, the Regional Water Authority emerged after a two-year process focused on creating a unified approach to regional […]

ACWA Announces Keynote Speaker, Program Details For Fall Conference

ACWA has announced that State Water Resources Control Board Vice Chair Dorene D’Adamo will be one of the keynote speakers […]

Gov. Newsom Expands Drought Proclamation Statewide

Gov. Newsom on Oct. 19 issued a proclamation that expands the state’s drought emergency statewide and urges Californians to increase […]

Conservation is the key to minimizing monthly bills 
and local water supplies

Extended droughts broken up by rainy years are part of a natural cycle here in California. Our state is once […]

Roseville’s surface water treatment plant turns 50

In August 1971, the Barton Road Water Treatment Plant was officially dedicated to the Roseville community. It started treating, filtering, […]

Conserve-A-Palooza Returns with Giveaways and Partnerships

MONROVIA— Conserve-a-palooza has returned for a second year as the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) ramps […]

EPA Releases PFAS Pollution Roadmap

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a comprehensive strategic roadmap to address PFAS contamination. The PFAS Strategic […]

EMWD Hosts Weeklong Virtual Waterfest Open House

PERRIS — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this month is hosting a virtual Open House and invites its customers to […]

ACWA News Available for Oct. 15, 2021

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Fall Conference & Exhibition Offers Best of Both Worlds

You will not want to miss the 2021 ACWA Fall Conference & Exhibition in Pasadena Nov.30-Dec. 2 as an exciting […]

Spotlight Oct 2021: Agencies Innovate Ways to Connect With Youth and Cultivate Curiosity in Water Careers

A career in water seemed like a remote possibility for David Tapia after graduating from high school in 2015. He […]

AV & SCV Special Districts Form First CSDA Local Chapter in L.A. County

PALMDALE – Special districts in the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley have formed Los Angeles County’s first local chapter of […]

State Water Board to Hold Webinar on Arrearage Payment Program Application

The State Water Resources Control Board on Oct. 20 will hold a public webinar training session on how to complete […]