An estimated 1 million Californians,
living in economically stressed pockets of the state, face
daunting challenges in obtaining clean and affordable water to
drink, addressing sanitation or stormwater needs, and gaining the
help to do so. Across the state, efforts are underway to provide
help. The goal is to do so in a way that allows members of
disadvantaged communities to express their needs and wants, set
priorities and obtain the technical assistance necessary to begin
to solve their challenges.
This handbook is intended as a resource for anyone in, or
involved with, communities throughout the state that have
historically struggled to make their water resource needs known
to agencies with the power to help.
California is no stranger to drought. When conditions become dry,
water storage declines and water conservation mandates make news
headlines; questions from the public often surface about what
appear to be easy solutions to augment the state’s water supply.
But the answers can be complicated and, in the end, there is no
silver bullet to ensure a resilient water supply, especially
We explore “frequently asked questions” often posed by the public
and provide answers below. Simply click on the question for the
answer to appear.
This handbook provides crucial
background information on the Sustainable Groundwater Management
Act, signed into law in 2014 by Gov. Jerry Brown. The handbook
also includes a section on options for new governance.
As of October 2016, California had endured five years of drought,
and the state has paid a price, with a high toll on the state’s
rivers, reservoirs, groundwater and all the life water supports.
Impacts have included water shortages and a decrease in water
quality, which have impaired water systems and challenged
agriculture, businesses and communities.
The digital version of the Layperson’s Guide to Integrated
Regional Water Management (IRWM) is an in-depth,
easy-to-understand publication that provides background
information on the principles of IRWM, its funding history
and how it differs from the traditional water management
“Finding Ways to Restore Delta Habitat and Protect Property
Owners” is a briefing paper distributed at two Delta landowner
workshops in January 2014 sponsored by the Water Education
Foundation and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy.
This 24-page paper discusses a number of options for Delta
landowners who want to participate in habitat conservation work
and also receive assurances from private landowner liability
under species protection laws.
The Water Education Foundation produced a radio ad campaign in
four Southern California counties (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside
and San Bernardino) to educate citizens about keeping
pharmaceuticals out of their water supply.