The California Water Plan (Water Plan) is the State government's strategic plan for managing and developing water resources statewide for current and future generations. It provides a collaborative planning framework for elected officials, agencies, tribes, water and resource managers, businesses, academia, stakeholders, and the public to develop findings and recommendations and make informed decisions for California's water future. To learn more about the Water Plan, visit our About the Water Plan page.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Water Plan publish a weekly electronic newsletter to keep you informed about Water Plan news and other announcements. We encourage individuals to subscribe to receive updates on current and future Water Plan activities and to keep up-to-date on water resources news. We welcome comments, suggestions, and any other news tips that may be of interest to water planners. Please email us.
California Water Plan Resource Management Strategies
A set of more than 30 Water Plan resource management strategies (RMSs) have been posted online. The strategies present a set of tools that can help meet the water-related resource management needs of each region of California, and the state as a whole. The RMSs are grouped into eight water management categories, including increasing supply, reducing demand, and improving quality. (08/10/2016)
Resource Management Strategies
Welcome to the New California Water Plan Website
The California Water Plan website design has been updated. Be sure to check the new navigation menu and all the updated pages. We will continue to work on the site over the next few months. If you experience problems with any of the pages, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (04/27/2016)
Note: You may need to update some of your bookmarks; we apologize for the inconvenience.
California Water Plan Update 2018
The California Water Plan Update 2018 is currently in development. Subscribe to Water Plan eNews to receive news and alerts about opportunities to get involved. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com. (04/27/2016)
California's Groundwater Update 2013 is available online
California's Groundwater Update 2013: A Compilation of Enhanced Content for California Water Plan Update 2013 compiles and analyzes readily-available groundwater information to characterize California’s groundwater basins, aquifers, and well infrastructure. It contains essential data, information, and analyses that will be important to the successful implementation of a statewide groundwater sustainability management process. (04/15/2015)
Water Plan Update 2013 Volume 5 is now available online
The California Water Plan Update 2013, Volume 5, Technical Guide has been released. Volume 5 is a web portal to document assumptions, data, analytical tools, and methods. (04/08/2015)