A: Reliable Water Supply

Reliable Current and Future Water Supply for Urban, Rural, Agricultural, and Environmental Needs

A diverse mix of water supplies, demand management, and a flexible and reliable interconnected water supply and infrastructure system.

B: Sustainable Groundwater

Sustainable Groundwater Sub-basins

Groundwater sub-basins provide critical storage to meet demands during water shortages. The coordinated use of multiple supply sources maintains and augments groundwater. Conservation and the use of surface water supplies and recycled water provides in-lieu recharge by offsetting demands on groundwater. Sustainable groundwater management supports urban, rural, agricultural, and environmental water supply needs.

C: Water Quality

High Quality Surface Water and Groundwater

Water in the reservoirs, creeks, Bay and groundwater sub-basins is of high quality.

D: Flood Risk Reduction

Reliable and Effective Flood Risk Reduction Using an Integrated Approach

Promote and practice flood management that reduces flood risk to people and property and maintains and enhances natural creek corridor and floodplain functions using an integrated approach that values flow and the land that conveys, absorbs and relies on it.

E: Expanded Floodplains

Expanded and Protected Buffer Lands Adjacent to Water Bodies

Buffer lands adjacent to creeks, reservoirs, the bay, and other water bodies that allow for natural creek meanders, periodic safe and appropriate overbanking, support natural processes, provide for water-to-land habitat transitions, and encourage resource-sensitive recreation opportunities where appropriate.

F: Supportive Stream Flows

Stream Flows Support Natural Processes

A regionally-, climate- and locationally-appropriate variety of surface flow patterns – in magnitude, timing and duration – to support native habitat complexity and diversity, transport sediment and maintain natural life-cycle cues for fish and other aquatic and riparian organisms.

G: Resilient Habitats

Resilient Habitats and Resources for Native Species

Enhance and maintain natural environments in and around creeks, wetlands, baylands, and other water bodies.

H: Climate Change

Adapt to and Prepare for Climate Change

Climate change/global warming effects include temperature increases, precipitation changes and sea level rise. The effects may decrease water supply and increase droughts, increase flooding, increase wildfires, and cause biological stress.

I: Emergency Preparedness

Anticipate and Prepare for Emergencies

Water resource emergencies of concern include: flooding, drought, earthquake, fire, other natural hazards, contamination of drinking water supply, failure of infrastructure, and attack or accident. Emergencies can provide an opportunity to improve water resource conditions.

J: Community Engagement

Active and Ongoing Community and Tribal Engagement

Carry out effective community engagement by inviting public participation in District Board decision-making processes and showing respect for all communities, including Native American tribes and disadvantaged communities.