Accessibility

Website Accessibility Certification
(7/01/2019)

The California Natural Resources Agency is committed to making our website equally accessible for all visitors. The undersigned certify that, as of July 1, 2019, the internet website of the Waster Resilience Portfolio is designed, developed and maintained to comply with applicable accessibility laws including California Government Code Sections 7405 and 11135, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

We strive to maintain all information at applicable accessibility levels, but some content – including older documents, streaming video and archived materials – provides value to our website visitors but may not be fully accessible as of July 1, 2019. The Natural Resources Agency continues to work diligently to make that content accessible.

If you have difficulty accessing any material on our website, please contact us and we will correct the problem or work to provide the information in an alternative format. You can report web accessibility problems by sending an email to accessibility@resources.ca.gov.

Tim Garza
Chief Information Officer

Wade Crowfoot
Secretary for Natural Resources

Download the signed copy of certification, in PDF format.


Below you will find a list of some of the technology solutions we have integrated to make our websites easy to navigate, fast-loading and accessible. To further improve the ease of use and readability of this site, such as increasing the font size, please review the section below on how to customize your browser.

Quick Links

What Makes Our Website Accessible?

  • Clean, Simple and Consistent
    Our website uses simple information architecture with uniform navigation and reliable headings throughout. Content layout and graphical design are consistent on every page.
  • “Skip To:” Menu
    The “Skip to” navigation appears at the top of each page. It allows the user to jump to the content area, accessibility page, or footer, and skip the navigation and other header elements, which repeat on every page.
  • The Navigation
    The main navigation, located just below the title banner (California logo and branding banner), uses lists. Lists make it easier for screen readers to literally read down the list without having to sort through unnecessary code. Lists also allow the users to use the tab key to move from link to link.
  • Breadcrumb Navigation
    Breadcrumbs, located at the top of each page (except for the homepage) and directly below the main navigation, let you know where you are and where you have been, or where a particular file resides. Breadcrumbs make it easier to navigate your way back to the root folder.
  • Images With Alternative Text
    Photographs and other relevant images on the site are accompanied by alternative text (the ALT tag.) Alt tags provide a written description of the image, which is accessible to screen readers, and it is visible when the mouse is placed over the image. This is also useful for people who have images turned off on their browser, in which case a description will display where the image used to be.
  • Relative Font Sizing
    Relative font size can be enlarged using magnification tools or by changing your browser settings.
  • Style Sheets
    Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are used for content layout and graphical elements (color, font styles, custom titles and subtitles, etc.) Using CSS for styling keeps our HTML clean, streamlined, easier to maintain, and it downloads faster. Style sheets can be replaced by the user’s own styles.To turn CSS off, and access the content without any formatting, download and install the Firefox Web Developer toolbar or the Internet Explorer Developer toolbar. With these toolbars turning CSS on and off is just a click away, plus they offer many other helpful tools. If you use a different browser, do an Internet search for accessibility for your particular browser.
  • Fluid Sizing Display
    The width of our pages changes and adapts to the width of your browser. This is more noticeable if you have a large screen and/or use high resolution for your monitor. Our website is viewed best at a minimum of 800 x 600 pixels.
  • Accessible Via Mouse or Keyboard
    You can use the mouse or keyboard to navigate through our information. The tab key will move the cursor from link to link.
  • Access Keys
    Access keys are keyboard shortcuts that help you get around the site.

    • Use “Alt” + “S” to access search box
  • No Sound, No Images, No Problem
    Content is accessible without sound, color, scripts or graphics.
  • Improved Search Engine
    Google search engine provides more relevant results than our previous state search application.

Customize Your Browser to Fit Your Needs

Change font size

In most browsers (example: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape) you could change the font size by following the steps below:

  • Open your browser
  • Click View button from top menu bar
  • Click Text Size
  • Select your option

If your browser uses a different naming convention and you do not see this path, please check the Help menu on your browser. The Help menu is usually the last option on the top menu bar, and it can often be accessed by pressing the keys “Alt” + “H”.

In addition, newer browser versions have a magnifying tool that lets you zoom into a page and display all elements at 150 percent, 200 percent, etc. Look for the magnifying tool with a “+” character. This icon is typically located at the bottom of your browser, on the right, or at the top, below the standard menu tools, on the right. Furthermore, the keyboard shortcut to access this tool is: “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “+” to zoom in, and “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “-“ to zoom out.

Shortcuts

  • Keyboard shortcuts: This is a list of the most common keyboard shortcuts in Firefox, and the equivalents in Internet Explorer and Opera (from Firefox website).
  • Mouse shortcuts: This is a list of the most common mouse shortcuts in Firefox, and the equivalents in Internet Explorer and Opera. The shortcuts are for Windows, but most of the Firefox shortcuts should work in Linux, too (from FireFox website).
  • Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts.

Add-ons

Change CSS

  • Below is the step by step on how to change the style sheet file in Internet Explorer. For other browsers please check the Help menu.
    • Click Tools from the top menu bar
    • Select Internet Options
    • Select the General tab (first tab)
    • Click on Accessibility button (bottom section, Appearance)
    • Click on checkboxes to ignore all colors and font styles and sizes and/or
    • Click on checkbox: “Format documents using my style sheet”
    • Browse to your personal style sheet and
    • Click OK

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 input@waterresilience.ca.gov.

Contact

Portfolio Contacts:

Nancy Vogel, Director of the Governor’s Water Portfolio Program
Nancy.Vogel@resources.ca.gov


Media Contacts:

Lisa Lien-Mager, California Natural Resources Agency
(916) 653-9402 Lisa.Lien-Mager@resources.ca.gov

Alex Barnum, California Environmental Protection Agency
(916) 324-9670 Alex.Barnum@calepa.ca.gov

Steve Lyle, California Department of Food and Agriculture
(916) 654-0462 Steve.Lyle@cdfa.ca.gov

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.