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California Water Action Plan

The state’s water management system struggles to balance public health and safety, protecting the environment, and supporting the economy. The California Water Action Plan (WAP) was developed to move California toward more sustainable water management. The WAP includes three objectives: 1) more reliable water supplies; 2) restoration of important species and habitat, and 3) a more resilient sustainable managed water resources system. 

As part of implementation activities for the WAP’s Action 4, to protect and restore important ecosystems, the CDFW Instream Flow Program will support flow enhancement activities and develop flow criteria in priority streams that support critical habitat for threatened and endangered anadromous salmonids including Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and steelhead. As flow criteria are developed, CDFW will submit  flow recommendations to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) for consideration in planning efforts and water allocation decisions, pursuant to Public Resources Code §10000-10005.

The five priority streams are:

  • Mark West Creek (Sonoma County), tributary to the Russian River
  • Mill Creek (Tehama County), tributary to the Sacramento River
  • South Fork Eel River (Humboldt and Mendocino Counties), tributary to the Eel River
  • Shasta River (Siskiyou County), tributary to the Klamath River
  • Ventura River (Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties)

Map of California water Action Plan Priority Streams

More information regarding the SWRCB’s effort under the WAP.



CDFW Water Branch
830 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-8576