Water in California is an extremely valuable and highly contentious resource. Individuals, groups, and agencies are responsible for the management, health, and protection of California water.
Article 10, The Public Trust Doctrine
“It is hereby declared that because of the conditions prevailing in this State the general welfare requires that the water resources of the State be put to beneficial use to the fullest extent of which they are capable, and that the waste or unreasonable use or unreasonable method of use of water be prevented, and that the conservation of such waters is to be exercised with a view to the reasonable and beneficial use thereof in the interest of the people and for the public welfare.
Discussion by Natalie Carter, Executive Director of Butte Environmental Council & Michelle Banonis, Bay-Delta Office Manager, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation