Department of Water Resources and State Water Resources Control Board Develop Framework to Implement Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-37-16

November 22, 2016

In the December edition of the California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Gresham|Savage attorneys Derek Hoffman and Michael Duane Davis report on the Executive Order B-37-16 implementation process and its implications as California enters what may be a sixth straight year of drought:

Earlier this year, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-37-16, entitled “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life.” The Executive Order calls upon Californians to use water more wisely, eliminate water waste, strengthen local drought resistance and improve agricultural water use efficiency and drought planning. In response to those mandates, multiple state agencies including the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board, have been busy developing the necessary implementation framework. Part of that framework includes first-ever mandatory, permanent water use budgets for California water suppliers. The water budgets must achieve greater water conservation statewide while taking into account factors unique to each local water supplier. A draft proposal must be released by January 10, 2017.