One of California’s biggest challenges is managing ever increasing demands on its most precious resource – water. The decisions California makes about its water supply today will help determine if California remains the fifth largest economy in the world tomorrow. The California Water Institute (CWI) was founded to be a forum for unbiased, open, collaborative discussion, research and education on water-related issues benefiting the entire state.
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 Congressman Jim Costa of Fresno and State Senator 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 for the future of the California Water Institute that includes: