The California Water Impact Network

aka C-WIN   |   Santa Barbara, CA   |  www.c-win.org

Mission

The California Water Impact Network advocates for the equitable and sustainable use of California’s fresh water resources for all Californians.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Ms. Carolee Krieger

Main address

808 Romero Canyon Rd.

Santa Barbara, CA 93108 USA

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EIN

30-0006662

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Administrative Advocacy

Our administrative advocacy program monitors the work of the California State Water Resources Control Board. Specifically, we track water rights petitions that could have significant environmental and legal effects, comment on Board water quality planning and permitting activities, both in order to influence conditions applied to projects and plans that are beneficial to the environment and the people of California. By participating fully, we gain standing to sue if our recommendations go unheeded, or we believe the Board is abusing its discretion in regulating water rights and water quality in California.

Population(s) Served
Adults

C-WIN resorts to litigation where necessary in order to help fulfill our mission. C-WIN has filed three very significant lawsuits during 2010. The first is our Delta Public Trust lawsuit against the State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Water Resources to compel these agencies to do more to recover fish populations and restore sustainable ecosystems in the Delta. Second, C-WIN sued (with several environmental and agricultural water agency allies) the Department of Water Resources and Kern County water interests over approval and implementation of Monterey Plus amendments to State Water Project water service contracts. This suit seeks to overturn the contract amendments and supporting environmental reports in order to restore an urban preference for water deliveries during droughts (benefiting both urban southern California and Silicon Valley), restore contractual safeguards against paper water in the Project, return to state control the gifting of a 20,000-acre groundwater storage property in Kern County now controlled privately so that it can be used to augment drought protection storage in the State Water Project benefiting southern California, and to end surplus water deliveries from the Delta that harm migratory fish.
 
Our third suit seeks to invalidate inadequate environmental documentation on a cross-Delta water transfer program operated in 2010 and 2011 by the US Bureau of Reclamation, and which creates dangerous precedents for importing still more water from norther California that would result in depleted rivers, fish stocks, and groundwater relied upon by thousands of Sacramento Valley farmers.
 
Finally, C-WIN is preparing to litigate amendments to the Central Valley basin plan by the State Water Resources Control Board that would give agricultural dischargers of poisonous levels of selenium an additional 10-year pass to continued dumping it to the San Joaquin River, its tributaries, and the Delta, harming fish and increasing public health problems.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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The California Water Impact Network

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
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Board chair

Ms. Carolee Krieger

California Water Impact Network

Yvon Chouinard

Patagonia Corporation; founder, California Water Impact Network

Carolee Krieger

founder, California Water Impact Network

Malinda Chouinard

Patagonia Corporation

Huey Johnson

Resource Renewal Institute

Tom Stokely

Friends of Trinity River; California Water Impact Network

Jim Edmondson

No Affiliation; entrepreneur

Michael Jackson

California Sportfishing Protection Alliance; founder, California Water Impact Network

Bill Jennings

California Sportfishing Protection Alliance

Barbara Vlamis

AquAlliance

Joshua Green

Private Business