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The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and four other State agencies, including the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and California Energy Commission (CEC), developed a long-term framework to make water conservation a California way of life, as directed by Governor’s Executive Order B-37-16.

Executive Order B-37-16

On May 9, 2016 the Governor issued Executive Order B-37-16 that aims to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience. Built on the temporary statewide emergency water restrictions, this Executive Order directs five State agencies (collectively, the EO Agencies) to establish a long-term water conservation framework that will enhances the resiliency of California communities as a whole against climate and drought. The resulting framework will be part of the broader, multi-faceted implementation of the California Water Action Plan Conservation and drought protection are but two of the focus areas of the Water Action Plan, along with integrated water management, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta management, ecosystem restoration, storage, and flood protection.

Implementation of Executive Order

The EO Agencies have worked collaboratively to identify actions and recommendations that can satisfy the directives issued by the Governor in EO-B-37-16, and identify a timeline for their implementation. (See Collaboration.) With the stakeholder input, the EO Agencies developed actions and recommendations to address all the directives in the Executive Order.

  • Actions that will be implemented within existing authorities for
    • Emergency water conservation regulation for 2017
    • Permanent prohibition of wasteful practices
    • Reduce water supplier leaks and water losses
    • Certification of innovative technologies for water Conservation and energy efficiency
  • Recommendations that will require additional authority for implementation
    • New water use targets based on strengthened standards
    • Strengthen urban water shortage contingency plan
    • Improve drought planning for small water suppliers and rural communities
    • Update agricultural water management plan requirements
  • Directives that will be incorporated into the above actions and recommendations, where applicable
    • Acceleration of data collection
    • Consultation
    • Methods for reporting, compliance, and enforcement

The EO Agencies prepared a report on the conservation framework for the Governor’s Office, Legislature, and the public to summarize their individual and collective implementation actions of and recommendations for all items contained in Executive Order B-37-16 to achieve the goal of making conservation a way of life in California.

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