California cannot afford to waste or pollute its limited water supply.

We envision a California in which local water management is characterized by innovative, holistic approaches that ensure the resilience of our natural systems while enhancing the vibrancy of our built communities. LGC’s water work is approached through a water/land use nexus lens and is informed by the Ahwahnee Water Principles.

Our water team strives to increase the level of social justice in partnership with allied organizations, community members, and equity experts. We recognize that each community is unique, as are their water management issues. For each community in which we work, we evaluate the historic barriers to engagement and develop an engagement strategy to best meet the needs of the community.

Ahwahnee Water Principles

The Ahwahnee Principles for Water complements the Ahwahnee Principles for Resource-Efficient Communities that were developed in 1991. This guide provides a number of stewardship actions that cities and counties can take that reduce costs and improve the reliability and quality of our water resources.

Our Current Projects & Resources

 Virtual Engagement

LGC’s Best Practices for Virtual Engagement. The LGC has released a new guide for virtual engagement covering topics such as key considerations when it comes to effective virtual engagement, outreach strategies and more along with additional tools and resources.

 Borrego Springs

Collaborating for a Resilient Future. Sharing best practices and lessons learned for integrated planning, collaborative governance, and SGMA implementation

Groundwater Guide

 Solano Subbasin. Learn about groundwater and its role in the Solano groundwater subbasin. Check out these tools and resources.

NGO Groundwater Collaborative. This is a group of non-governmental organizations, tribes and individuals that share information and resources to aid NGO participation in the development and implementation of groundwater sustainability plans around the state.

Water and Land Use

Report on the Equitable Integration of Water and Land Use. While water management and land-use planning are highly fragmented, our work promotes equitable integration of the two in order to promote economic, environmental, and social resilience in California communities.

Santa Ana Watershed 

Watershed Ambassador Program. Equipping local policymakers in the Santa Ana River watershed with practical strategies and accessible tools to implement innovative solutions to their community’s water challenges.

An online resource center connecting water managers, water users, and community members with tools and resources to support the design and implementation of effective Groundwater Sustainability Plans under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Water Fact Sheets