Water Legislation

California's enactment of major water legislation in late 2009 charts a course toward improving water supply reliability for a state whose economy is one of the largest in the world. The new water laws affect all public water suppliers in California, imposing new compliance obligations while providing new opportunities to carry out projects that will improve aging storage, conveyance and distribution infrastructure. From new urban water conservation mandates to the setting of instream flow criteria for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the legislation imposes a wide range of obligations that are now being carried out and addressed by local, state and federal government agencies.

For a summary and copies of the five separate bills comprising the new water legislation, click here.  KMTG has also prepared updates describing significant events arising as the legislation has been carried out.  Further updates will be prepared as warranted.


August 5, 2011
$11 Billion Water Bond Likely To Appear On Ballot

August 4, 2011
DWR to Hold Hearings on Agricultural Water Use Efficiency Regulations

August 4, 2011
DWR Unveils Online Submittal Tool for Urban Water Management Plans

February 1, 2011
Bill Would Cut $11 Billion Water Bond by 25 Percent for November 2012 Vote

January 11, 2011
Delta Watermaster: State Board Should Ramp Up Enforcement Against Unreasonable Agricultural Water Use And Promote Transfers of Conserved Irrigation Water

November 17, 2010
DWR Provides Additional Guidance on Requirements to Become Groundwater Monitoring Entities

September 27, 2010
UWMP Update Deadline Extended to July 2011 for Wholesale Water Suppliers

September 14, 2010
DWR: State Groundwater Monitoring Standards To Emphasize Local Control

August 16, 2010
NRDC's Felicia Marcus to Replace NHI's Richard Roos-Collins on Delta Stewardship Council

August 10, 2010
Legislature Postpones Vote on $11 Billion Water Bond until 2012

August 10, 2010
State Board Adopts Delta Flow Criteria

August 4, 2010
DWR, ACWA Schedule Additional Groundwater Monitoring Workshops

July 22, 2010
State Water Board Issues Draft Delta Flow Criteria and Requests Comments for August 3 Approval Meeting

July 19, 2010
DWR, ACWA to Hold Groundwater Monitoring Workshops in Advance of 2011 Deadline

July 14, 2010
Delta Stewardship Council Appoints Members of Delta Science Board

July 13, 2010
Delta Stewardship Council Intends to Adopt Interim Delta Plan in August

July 13, 2010
State Water Board Names Delta Watermaster

July 12, 2010
DWR to Hold Listening Sessions on Agricultural Water Management Plan Requirements

June 30, 2010
Schwarzenegger Seeks to Postpone $11 Billion Water Bond Vote to 2012

June 24, 2010
State to Issue Draft Delta Flow Criteria in July

June 24, 2010
July 1 Deadline Looms for Water Users to Report Diversions to State

June 24, 2010
Bill Would Bar Private Enterprise from Participating in Bond-funded Storage Projects

May 10, 2010
State Recruits Water Rights Enforcers

April 14, 2010
All Seven Members of the Delta Stewardship Council Appointed; Council Holds First Meeting and Takes First Actions

April 14, 2010
ACWA, NRDC Endorse $11 Billion Water Bond as Sierra Club, Farm Workers Oppose Measure Slated for November Ballot

April 7, 2010
DWR Kicks Off SB 7 Administrative Processes

March 4, 2010
DWR Requests Comments on SB 7's 20% Urban Conservation Mandate