Water Sustainability Goals

Manage and make decisions about water in a way that integrates water availability, environmental conditions, and community well-being for future generations.

Improve water supply reliability to meet human needs, reduce energy demand, and restore and maintain aquatic ecosystems and processes.


  • Increase water recycling
  • Increase water use efficiency
  • Reduce water demand
  • Increase water supply

Improve beneficial uses and reduce impacts associated with water management 


  • Improve regional water movement operations and efficiency
  • Investigate new water technologies
  • Improve social and ecological benefits from water transfers
  • Reduce social and ecological impacts from water transfers


Improve quality of drinking water, irrigation water, and in-stream flows to protect human and environmental health. 


  • Increase conjunctive management of new and recycled water from multiple sources
  • Improve water quality for human uses and as a consequence of human use
  • Protect the natural systems that maintain water quality

Protect and enhance environmental conditions by improving watershed, floodplain, and aquatic condition and processes.


  • Practice, promote, improve, and expand environmental stewardship
  • Maintain and increase watershed protection through conservation activities and investments
  • Protect aquatic, floodplain, and riparian biotic communities

Integrate flood risk management with other water and land management and restoration activities.


  • Reduce impacts of developed lands on flooding and channel processes
  • Balance flood protection with water storage and conservation


Employ adaptive decision-making, especially in light of uncertainties, that support integrated regional water management and flood management system


  • Improve and expand monitoring, data management, and analysis
  • Connect decision-making with data and analysis
  • Improve diversity of population involved in decision-making

This objective is proposed to complement the other sustainability objectives that are based primarily on CWP-2009 Objectives and Resource Management Strategies. It deals with measuring whether or not the science and management systems themselves are responsive to existing and changing conditions. It supports the idea that sustainability is a process, as well as the result of a series of conscious actions.