California Water Impact Network (Santa Barbara, CA)


  • Name:Ms. Carolee Krieger
  • Title:President and Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:California Water Impact Network
  • Address:808 Romero Canyon Road
    Santa Barbara, CA 93108
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:8059690824
  • Main fax:8056563394

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  • Mission:
  • The California Water Impact Network (C-WIN, online at is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that advocates for the just and environmentally
    sustainable use of Californiaʼs water, including instream flows and groundwater reserves, through research, planning, public education, media outreach, and litigation.

  • Overview:
  • The California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) is soliciting a $5,000 grant to support efforts to protect waterways and fisheries during California’s historic drought and provide an equitable response to the state’s long-term water crisis. C-WIN employs public advocacy, media outreach, education and strategic litigation to accomplish its goals.

    Statewide Drought Response Advocacy:
    Though we are a small organization, C-WIN is one of California's most influential statewide water reform advocates. Our principals are quoted regularly in state, national and international media on the drought, Governor Jerry Brown’s flawed Twin Tunnels water conveyance project, and sustainable water strategies. Our staff and board members are located in Southern, Central and Northern California, representing the interests of all Californians in the equitable distribution of our most essential public resource.

    C-WIN was formed as an opposition organization following the approval of the Monterey Amendments to State Water Project contracts, a secret deal between state regulators and San Joaquin Valley irrigators that eliminated the urban water preference and transferred the Kern Water Bank, a public subterranean reservoir purchased for urban drought relief, to the control of a small number of corporate farms.

    The Monterey Amendments have skewed the distribution of state water away from urban, industrial and commercial priorities to control by corporate agriculture, making it particularly difficult to forge effective water policy during drought. A top priority for C-WIN is the reinstatement of the urban preference. C-WIN is fighting the Brown administration’s misguided drought response. The Governor has called for a 25% water use reduction for California’s urban ratepayers, but has established no reductions for agriculture, which uses 80% of the state’s developed water. C-WIN advocates for fair and reasonable water reductions for all California water users. We also oppose the rapid expansion of permanent water-intensive crops such as pistachios and almonds, particularly in areas with interruptible junior water rights and selenium-impaired lands, i.e., the western San Joaquin Valley and the Tulare Basin.

    Protecting Groundwater:
    Ground water management is one of the most critical policy issues facing California. But until recently, California was the only Western state that did not regulate groundwater. Recent legislation has changed this, but the new regulations are minimal and will take years to fully implement. It is highly likely that ongoing pumping will deplete California’s groundwater long before the new management plans take full effect. Currently, overdrafted aquifers are leaving an increasing number of communities waterless and compromising vital state infrastructure (including aqueducts, roads and bridges) by associated ground subsidence.

    Protecting California's Rivers and Fisheries:
    C-WIN continues to fight for the protection of California’s incomparable rivers, including the Sacramento, the Klamath and the Trinity.
    We are challenging the Brown Administration’s Twin Tunnels proposal, the Shasta Dam enlargement proposal, and ongoing and excessive water exports to the San Joaquin Valley from the Trinity River, (the Klamath River's largest tributary, and a critical resource for avoiding lower Klamath River salmon kills during drought). C-WIN tracks, comments on, and educates on all developments that affect these rivers and their fisheries. Several key public documents and policy decisions will be released pertaining to state rivers within the next few years, including the Lower Klamath/Trinity Long Term Plan Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the reformulated Bay/Delta Conservation Plan (including the Twin Tunnels), the Shasta Dam enlargement final environmental documents, and various drought-related decisions. C-WIN will educate the public about these processes, submit our own detailed science-based comments, and litigate decisions as necessary.
    C-WIN also supports water right holders that wish to use water for instream flows and fisheries (as Humboldt County is proposing to release 50,000 acre-feet of Trinity River water for threatened salmon runs).

    C-WIN also supports Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta farmers who oppose excessive pumping from the Delta by the state and federal water projects on behalf of heavily subsidized corporate agriculture in the western San Joaquin Valley.

  • History:
  • C-WIN was founded in 2001 by Carolee Krieger, Dorothy Green, Michael B. Jackson, and Yvon Chouinard. We formed because it was clear that more aggressive environmental advocacy was needed in the battle over California’s water. We represent an alliance of southern California and northern California water activists who are dedicated to a multi-point resource protection program. These consist of:
    o Protecting the Bay-Delta Estuary and the Central Valley watershed.
    o Ending the wholesale pollution of Central Valley waterways by corporate agriculture.
    o Ensuring that drought-period urban water supplies are both available and affordable.
    o Protection of California's groundwater
    Protecting California's premier salmon fisheries in the Klamath, Trinity and Sacramento watersheds.

    Currently, C-WIN implements three organizing strategies: litigation; administrative advocacy on water rights (which includes ending unreasonable and polluting water uses); and our campaign for sensible water policy. Securing California’s water future through such actions will be more effective, less costly to businesses and jobs, and less destructive to the environment than building new water projects.

  • Year established:2001
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:4
  • Staff size:4


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:30-0006662

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:300006662
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% CAROLEE K KRIEGER
  • Organization Address:808 ROMERO CANYON RD
  • Organization City:SANTA BARBARA
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:93108-1531
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 2002
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C32
  • Asset Amount:$120,286
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$273,124
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$181,130
  • Last Updated:2/23/2018 6:25:46 pm

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