The NCWA Mission is “to advance the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of the Sacramento Valley by enhancing and preserving its water rights, supplies, and water quality.”

Efficient. Essencial. Exceptional

California history is filled with stories of competing interests seeking new water supplies to satisfy their ever increasing needs. Over the years, many of these attempts have threatened the water rights and supplies, the environment, communities and the way of life in Northern California. The Northern California Water Association (NCWA) was formed in 1992 to present a unified voice to ensure that this region has reliable and affordable water supplies–both now and into the future.

Who We Are

We are the water districts, water companies, small towns, rural communities and landowners that beneficially use both surface and groundwater water resources in the Sacramento Valley. NCWA’s Board of Director’s and staff are committed to constructive leadership in the pursuit of solutions to resolve California’s most perplexing water problems. As a result, NCWA is the recognized voice of Northern California water. NCWA represents the entire Sacramento Valley, which extends from Sacramento to north of Redding, and between the crests of the Sierra Nevada and the Coast Range.

What We Do

NCWA brings together the water leaders in the region to protect the region’s water rights and supplies by working with Congress, the State Legislature, state and federal agencies, and various stakeholders throughout the state. NCWA has also led and encouraged efforts for water resources managers to implement sustainability initiatives and integrated regional planning across this diverse region.

We Support

NCWA members provide reliable supplies of clean water for the natural and working landscapes between the crests of the Sierra Nevada and the Coast Range, which includes a unique mosaic:

  • Two million acres of family farms are the economic engine for the region, provides a working landscape and pastoral setting and serves as valuable habitat for waterfowl along the Pacific Flyway;
  • The small towns and rural communities that form the backbone of the region, as well as the State Capital that serves as the center of government for the State of California;
  • Habitat for 50% of the threatened and endangered species in California, including the winter-run and spring-run salmon, steelhead and many other fish species;
  • Six National Wildlife Refuges, more than fifty State Wildlife Areas and other privately managed wetlands that support the annual migration of waterfowl, geese and waterbirds in the Pacific Flyway. These seasonal and permanent wetlands provide for 65% of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan objectives;
  • The forests and meadows in the numerous watersheds of the Sierra Nevada and Coast Range.


We can be reached at: Northern California Water Association 455 Capitol Mall, Suite 335 Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-8333

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