History and Mission

In March 2000, voters approved Proposition 13, a $2 billion water bond measure.  Three-million dollars of start-up funds for the California Water Institute were included in a portion of the bond co-authored by then State Senator Jim Costa of Fresno and then State Assembly Member Mike Machado of Linden.  In October 2000, a diverse group representing government, public organizations, and private industry – all with a vested interest in water use for agriculture, urban needs and the environment – met to outline and create a shared vision and mission for the future of the California Water Institute that includes the following scope of activities:

  • To carry out concise, comprehensive studies that will provide the direction for better future uses and conservation of the State’s waters.
  • To promote practices that will enhance and preserve the State’s water resources and their quality.
  • To serve as a center for research, education, planning, policy evaluation, and information transfer.
  • To communicate the results of its research and studies with the residents of California.
  • To collaborate with agencies and institutions in California to seek a positive resolution to the State’s complex water problems.
  • Present workshops and symposia.
  • Maintain a collection of pertinent information.
  • Provide objective, third-party review of water issues.