The scarcity of water in the West makes it a crucial resource for the communities, industries, habitats, and farms it supports. Clean, reliable water supplies are essential to maintain and improve quality of life in California, as is reducing flood risks to ensure public safety, and enhancing and restoring the State’s ecosystems - all while safeguarding California’s economy. These increasing responsibilities exist while funding for resources management continues to dwindle.
Nearly 75 percent of California’s available water originates in the northern one-third of the state (north of Sacramento), while more than 75 percent of the demand occurs in the southern two-thirds of the state. Much of the available runoff eventually flows into the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, both of which flow through the Central Valley and meet in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta (Delta). The Delta is the heart of the state’s surface water delivery system.
On behalf of its 35 member counties, RCRC engages through the legislative and regulatory process on numerous water related issues, such as the State Water Plan; water supply and water quality (surface and groundwater); water conservation; water infrastructure financing; California WaterFix; the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan; water rights, including area of origin water rights; flood management; watershed management; wetlands, and water transfers.