Help Shape California’s Water Future

California faces a range of water challenges, from severely depleted groundwater basins to vulnerable infrastructure to unsafe drinking water in many communities to uncertain water supplies for our cities and agriculture. Climate change magnifies the risk.

State agencies are asking Californians to help shape a roadmap for meeting future water needs and ensuring environmental and economic resilience through the 21st century.

The input will help the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture craft recommendations for Governor Gavin Newsom to consider later this year.

An executive order signed in April 2019 directed the agencies to recommend a suite of priorities and actions to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways. To develop this Water Resilience Portfolio, the agencies will identify and assess a suite of complementary actions to ensure safe and dependable water supplies, flood protection and healthy waterways for the state’s communities, economy and environment.

California Natural Resources Agency California Environmental Protection Agency California Department of Food and Agriculture

Public Engagement and Outreach

How can we meet the water needs of California’s communities, economy, and environment for generations to come? Email us your ideas at

Portfolio Principles

Consistent with the Governor’s executive order, the Water Resilience Portfolio will incorporate these principles:

  • Prioritize multi-benefit approaches that meet multiple needs at once.
  • Utilize natural infrastructure such as forests and floodplains.
  • Embrace innovation and new technologies.
  • Encourage regional approaches among water users sharing watersheds.
  • Incorporate successful approaches from other parts of the world.
  • Integrate investments, policies and programs across state government.
  • Strengthen partnerships with local, federal and tribal governments, water agencies and irrigation districts, and other stakeholders.