Environment and Natural Resources

Budgets and Spending

California’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Agencies oversee the activities of about 40 state departments, boards, and conservancies whose missions are to protect and restore the state’s natural and environmental resources and to ensure public health and environmental quality. The 2017-18 budget provides about $10 billion for these activities from a combination of the General Fund, special funds, bond funds, and federal funds.

Natural Resources Budget Summary

(Dollars in Millions)

2015‑16 Actual

2016‑17 Estimated

2017‑18 Budgeted

Change From 2016‑17

Amount

Percent

Expenditures

Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

$1,306

$1,513

$1,636

$122

8%

General obligation bond debt service

970

1,027

1,011

‑15

‑1

Department of Parks and Recreation

466

613

719

106

17

Department of Water Resources

916

2,009

572

‑1,437

‑72

Energy Resources Conservation

436

664

556

‑108

‑16

Department of Fish and Wildlife

408

496

468

‑28

‑6

Wildlife Conservation Board

116

502

145

‑358

‑71

California Conservation Corps

95

96

120

24

25

Department of Conservation

87

152

118

‑33

‑22

Coastal Conservancy

44

142

73

‑69

‑48

Other resources programs

157

256

298

42

16

Totals

$5,002

$7,470

$5,716

‑$1,754

‑23%

Funding

General Fund

$2,600

$3,078

$2,857

‑$221

‑7%

Special funds

1,280

1,643

1,774

131

8

Bond funds

983

2,443

795

‑1,648

‑67

Federal funds

139

307

291

‑16

‑5

For more information, see our publication The 2017-18 Budget: California Spending Plan.

Environmental Protection Budget Summary

(Dollars in Millions)

2015-16
Actual

2016-17
Estimated

2017-18
Budgeted

Change From 2016-17

Amount

Percent

Expenditures

Air Resources Board

$698

$845

$1,629

$784

93%

Resources Recycling and Recovery

1,687

1,588

1,601

13

1

State Water Resources Control Board

910

2,945

949

-1,996

-68

Department of Toxic Substances Control

220

249

280

31

12

Department of Pesticide Regulation

91

96

100

4

5

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

18

21

22

1

5

General obligation bond debt

3

3

3

-4

Totals

$3,627

$5,746

$4,583

-$1,163

-20%

Funding

General Fund

$225

$90

$95

$5

5%

Special funds

2,669

3,335

4,079

744

22

Bond funds

396

1,936

25

-1,911

-99

Federal funds

337

384

384

For more information, see our publication The 2017-18 Budget: California Spending Plan.

Funding for State Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Departments

2015-16 (Dollars in Millions)

Departments

Fund Sources

Federal as Percent
of Total Funds

Statea

Federal

Total

Natural Resources

Fish and Wildlife

$340

$69

$409

17%

Coastal Commission

17

3

20

14

Delta Stewardship Council

18

3

21

13

Wildlife Conservation Board

101

15

116

13

Tahoe Conservancy

27

4

31

12

Parks and Recreation

436

30

466

6

Coastal Conservancy

41

3

44

6

California Energy Commission

430

6

436

1

Forestry and Fire Protection

1,298

8

1,306

1

Water Resources

913

4

916

<1

Other departments and programs

1,319

3

1,322

<1

Totals, Natural Resources

$4,940

$146

$5,087

3%

Environmental Protection

State Water Resources Control Board

$605

$292

$897

33%

Toxic Substances Control

187

34

220

15

Pesticide Regulation

89

2

91

2

Air Resources Board

688

9

698

1

Other departments and programs

1,721

<1

1,721

<1

Totals, Environmental Protection

$3,290

$337

$3,627

9%

Totals, All Departments

$8,230

$483

$8,714

6%

aIncludes General Fund, special funds, and bond funds.

For more information, see our publication Federal Funding for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.


Last Updated: October 2017