Ahwahnee Water Principles

Ahwahnee Water Principles

The Ahwahnee Water Principles: New Tools for Water-Wise Land Use

The Local Government Commission has developed a comprehensive and integrated set of principles and policies (based on whole system planning) called the Ahwahnee Water Principles for Resource Efficient Land Use. The Ahwahnee Water Principles offer communities common sense and straightforward ways to address multiple water resource issues with smart planning and land use decisions.

swaleThe Ahwahnee Water Principles provide the communities of California a broader, more coordinated, and more flexible water management system that tackles water quality, supply and flood risks together.

Applying the Ahwahnee principles in your community and working with neighboring jurisdictions, agencies, and partners to do them to do the same will result in win/win solutions for long-term regional and watershed-wide benefits.

The Ahwahnee Water Principles complement the Ahwahnee Principles for Resource-Efficient Communities that were developed in 1991. Many cities and counties are already using them to improve the vitality and prosperity of their communities.

Fact Sheets and a Guidebook to help you adopt and implement the Ahwahnee Water Principles are available.

[textblock]Cities, counties and organizations that have adopted the Ahwahnee Water Principles:

Town of Windsor, CA; Marin County, CA; Marin Municipal Water District, CA; Menlo Park, CA; Morgan Hill, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Petaluma, CA; Port Hueneme, CA; Richmond, CA; Rohnert Park, CA; Rolling Hills Estates, CA; San Luis Obispo, CA; Santa Paula, CA; Santa Rosa, CA; City of Sunnyvale, CA; City of Ukiah, CA; Ventura, CA; Ventura County, CA.

Organizations that have endorsed the Ahwahnee Principles:

Bay Area Water Forum and Association of Bay Area Governments (CalFed Task Force); League of California Cities; Southern California Association of Governments Water Policy Task Force.[/textblock]

Want to adopt the Ahwahnee Water Principles? A model water resolution is available.