NOTICE: Public Comment Period for State Water Board’s draft Racial Equity Resolution closes Monday, August 2nd 

From the State Water Board:

The State Water Board requests your feedback on our draft Racial Equity Resolution.The resolution is our first step toward acknowledging our agency’s role in perpetuating racial inequities and expressing our ongoing commitment to advancing racial equity within the Water Boards and through our programs, policies, and processes.  

Resolution background.During its August 18, 2020 meeting, the State Water Board publicly acknowledged that the historical effects of institutional racism must be confronted throughout government, and it directed staff to develop a priority plan of action. As a next step, the Water Boards Racial Equity Team held public and employee listening sessions to inform the development of the draft resolution, which the board will consider for adoption later this summer. The feedback and resolution also will be used to develop an action plan.   

Your feedback is vital to helping the Water Boards advance racial equity.   

4 ways to engage and share your feedback:  

1) Review the draft Racial Equity Resolution.     

2) Send written comments by August 2. 

  •          Email:, subject line:  ”Comment Letter: Racial Equity” 
  •          Mail: JeanineTownsend, Clerk to the Board 
    State Water Resources Control Board   
    P.O. Box 100, Sacramento, CA 95812-2000    

3) Spread the word about the opportunity to inform the Water Boards’ racial equity work.  

  •          Forward this message and share the attached flyer and public notice with others you know. 
  •          Share on social media. Here are some sample Twitter messages:  
  • @CaWaterBoards seeks feedback on its draft Racial Equity resolution, thru 8/2. The resolution incorporates input from listening sessions with the public and employees. The board wants to know if it effectively expresses commitment to advancing racial equity. 

4) Sign up for the Water Boards Racial Equity email list.   

  •          Visit our email subscription page. 
  •          Navigate to the “General Interest” section, select “Racial Equity Initiative,” and enter your information. 

For any questions, please email  

Racial equity occurs when race can no longer be used to predict life outcomes and when outcomes for all groups are improved. Join the Water Boards as we work toward a future where we preserve, protect, and restore drinking water and water resources for all Californians, and where race is not a predictor of professional outcomes for Water Boards employees. 

Thank you for being part of this journey with us.  

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