California Water Action Plan –
Enhance Water Flows in Stream Systems Statewide

California Water Action Plan Background

South Eel River

The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture developed the California Water Action Plan (WAP).  The WAP has been developed to meet three broad objectives: 1) more reliable water supplies; 2) the restoration of important species and habitat; and 3) a more resilient, sustainably managed water resources system (water supply, water quality, flood protection, and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.  Action 4 of the WAP, Protect and Restore Important Ecosystems, contains a sub-action (see page 12 of the WAP) that states the following:

“The State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Fish and Wildlife will implement a suite of individual and coordinated administrative efforts to enhance flows statewide in at least five stream systems that support critical habitat for anadromous fish.”

Through a coordinated effort between the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) five priority stream systems have been identified as a starting point for the WAP effort. The five streams are: Mark West Creek, tributary to the Russian River; Mill Creek, tributary to the Sacramento River; Shasta River, tributary to the Klamath River; South Fork Eel River; and Ventura River.

The State Water Board and CDFW are currently working to identify potential actions that may be taken to enhance and establish instream flow for anadromous fish in these five priority streams. As these actions are identified, additional information will be added to this website.

Priority Stream System Pages

Mill Creek Bay - Delta page
Mark West Creek page
Shasta River page
South Fork Eel River page
Ventura River page

Stakeholder Coordination and Public Outreach

State Water Board staff recognizes that there are many ongoing or planned flow enhancement efforts by a variety of stakeholders. The State Water Board is interested in collaborating with all stakeholders to achieve the goals identified in the WAP, and encourages ongoing communication throughout this effort.

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Topographic map of California showing the locations of the five priority watersheds that the State Water Resources Control Board and California Department of Fish and Wildlife have identified as a starting point for the California Water Action Plan effort. From north to south, the streams are the Shasta River, tributary to the Klamath River; Mill Creek, tributary to the Sacramento River; the South Fork Eel River; Mark West Creek, tributary to the Russian River, and the Ventura River.

Contact and Subscription Instructions

Contact us for additional information about the California Water Action Plan

  InstreamFlows@waterboards.ca.gov
  (916) 341-5324

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