Inventory and Assessment

One of the first tasks for the Water Resilience Portfolio team is to inventory and assess current water supplies and the health of waterways. It will also assess projected future water needs, anticipated climate-driven impacts on water systems, including more severe droughts and floods, and other challenges.

Specifically, the team will inventory and assess the following:

  • Existing demand for water on a statewide and regional basis and available water supply to address this demand.
  • Existing water quality of our aquifers, rivers, lakes and beaches.
  • Projected water needs in coming decades for communities, economy and environment.
  • Anticipated impacts of climate change to our water systems, including growing drought and flood risks, and other challenges to water supply reliability.
  • Work underway to complete voluntary agreements for the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems regarding flows and habitat.
  • Current planning to modernizing modernize conveyance through the Bay-Delta with a new single tunnel project.
  • Expansion of the state’s drinking water program to ensure all communities have access to clean, safe and affordable drinking water.
  • Existing water policies, programs, and investments within state government.

Additional information and updates will be available here in the coming weeks.

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 Contacts:

Nancy Vogel, Director of the Governor’s Water Portfolio Program

Media Contacts:

Lisa Lien-Mager, California Natural Resources Agency
(916) 653-9402

Erin Curtis, California Environmental Protection Agency
(916) 322-7350

Steve Lyle, California Department of Food and Agriculture
(916) 654-0462

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.