What's at Stake

iStock 000036758762LargeThe north state region spans an extraordinary mix of cities and rural communities, forests, mountains, farmlands, wildlife refuges and wetlands. It also includes the Capitol of the eighth largest economy in the world.

The north state’s water resources and water infrastructure (including Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs) meet north state water needs for urban and agricultural uses, the environment, power generation and recreation while also providing for water exports across the Sacramento -San Joaquin Delta to Southern California and Bay Area residents and San Joaquin Valley farmers.

The health of north state watersheds is vital to California’s long-term economic and environmental future.

The north state region provides more than 22 million acre-feet of water to meet the state’s environmental, agricultural and urban needs.

Fish, wildlife and native plants, including some that are threatened and endangered, depend on water to thrive. The snow and rain that falls in our region serves a delicate ecological system, much of which is supported through actively managed conservation work. North state water supplies are critical to California’s unique environment.


With several million acres of irrigated lands and over $5 billion in agricultural products, the north state produces nearly every agricultural product imaginable and feeds the state and the world. Irrigation is what keeps these products moving to market and with a multiplier effect of $2 for every $1 in agricultural values, the region generates $10 billion in economic activity.



North state water draws more than 50 million people to hike, ski, fish, raft and boat in our region. From the Sierra to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, lakes and rivers among forests, farms and cities create an experience like no other.


Nearly four million people live in the north state region and use water for everything from high-tech manufacturing to residential life. Water is the cornerstone to maintaining our quality of life and future prosperity.


The reservoirs of the North State produce enough hydroelectricity to power 14 million homes in the western United States. Water supply and timely releases are key factors in proper operation of this critical infrastructure.