Updating the California Water Plan

The California Water Plan provides a framework for water managers, legislators, and the public to consider options and make decisions regarding California’s water future.

The Plan, which is updated every five years, presents basic data and information on California’s water resources including water supply evaluations and assessments of agricultural, urban, and environmental water uses to quantify the gap between water supplies and uses.

The Plan also identifies and evaluates existing and proposed statewide demand management and water supply augmentation programs and projects to address the State’s water needs.

To support DWR in this effort, SEI is developing an application of the WEAP model that will be used as the analytical foundation for the California Water Plan Update process.

This application will be used to conduct integrated scenarios analysis, wherein various management strategies are assessed within the context of a range of uncertainty relating to future trends in water demand and climate.

Funder: California Department of Water Resources
Partners: RAND Corp., Montgomery-Watson-Harza Eng.