The Association of California Water Agencies

ACWA Presents Recommendations on Water Storage Investments


Sacramento, CA -- Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Executive Director Timothy Quinn today presented the California Water Commission (CWC) with recommendations for investing in water storage projects to meet the state’s water needs. The recommendations, contained in a policy document approved by the ACWA Board of Directors this spring, are intended to help inform and guide the California Water Commission as it develops its process for allocating $2.7 billion in funding for water storage projects under Proposition 1.

ACWA’s recommendations are outlined in a newly released document, “21st Century Water Storage: Recommendations for California’s Future,” available here. The recommendations were developed by an ACWA Board-appointed task force with representatives from every region of the state.

'Virtually every generation of water managers has relied on storage and that’s not going to change,” said Quinn as he began his presentation. “Now, storage has taken another evolutionary step.”

With a fourth year of drought reinforcing the need to invest in additional water storage capacity – both above and below ground – to improve the resiliency of California’s water system, Quinn urged the commission to consider ways to make storage investments work to enhance the state’s overall water system.

“You’ve got to invest in both and make them work together,” Quinn said of the integration of future surface and groundwater storage projects.

Key recommendations presented to the California Water Commission include:

  • Consider how proposed projects will help improve the operation of the state’s water system
  • Recognize storage needs and opportunities are diverse and wide-spread
  • Leverage dollars and cost shares to recognize a broad range of storage needs and associated benefits
  • Develop funding criteria that reflect the merits of the so-called CALFED projects and provide substantial funding support to move them toward completion
  • Provide funding support for other statewide and local projects
  • Encourage integration and consider how new storage projects can operate as key elements of an integrated “all-of-the-above” approach
  • Preserve the CWC’s authority over funding allocation decisions.

ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 430 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit

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