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 $8 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
Proposed

Change From 2016‑17

Amount

Percent

Expenditures

Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

$1,306

$1,548

$1,423

‑$126

‑8%

General obligation bond debt service

970

1,029

1,002

‑27

‑3

Department of Parks and Recreation

466

681

621

‑60

‑9

Energy Commission

436

661

489

‑172

‑26

Department of Water Resources

916

2,005

449

‑1,556

‑78

Department of Fish and Wildlife

409

493

442

‑51

‑10

Wildlife Conservation Board

116

502

124

‑379

‑75

California Conservation Corps

95

95

119

24

25

Department of Conservation

87

151

118

‑33

‑22

Coastal Conservancy

44

143

55

‑88

‑61

Other resources programs

214

226

182

‑44

‑19

Totals

$5,059

$7,535

$5,024

‑$2,511

‑33%

Funding

General Fund

$2,600

$3,110

$2,811

‑$299

‑10%

Special funds

1,283

1,646

1,359

‑287

‑17

Bond funds

1,030

2,477

564

‑1,914

‑77

Federal funds

146

302

290

‑11

‑4


For more information, see our publication The 2017-18 Budget: Resources and Environmental Protection.


Environmental Protection Budget Summary

(Dollars in Millions)

2015‑16
Actual

2016‑17
Estimated

2017‑18
Proposed

Change From 2016‑17

Amount

Percent

Expenditures

Resources Recycling and Recovery

$1,687

$1,599

$1,563

‑$36

‑2%

State Water Resources Control Board

897

2,943

934

‑2,009

‑68

Air Resources Board

698

844

401

‑443

‑53

Department of Toxic Substances Control

220

248

272

24

10

Department of Pesticide Regulation

91

99

96

‑3

‑3

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

18

21

22

1

5

General obligation bond debt service

3

3

3

‑4

Totals

$3,613

$5,757

$3,291

‑$2,466

‑43%

Funding

General Fund

$225

$90

$89

Special funds

2,656

3,347

2,795

‑$552

‑16%

Bond funds

396

1,936

23

‑1,914

‑99

Federal funds

337

384

384


For more information, see our publication The 2017-18 Budget: Resources and Environmental Protection.


Last Updated: March 2017