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)

Expenditures

2016‑17
Actual

2017‑18
Estimated

2018‑19
Proposed
a

Change From 2017‑18

Amount

Percent

Total

$5,039

$8,870

$6,266

‑$2,603

‑29%

By Department

Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

$1,305

$2,181

$1,755

‑$425

‑20%

Department of Parks and Recreation

480

868

1,093

224

26

General obligation bond debt service

1,025

984

993

9

1

Energy Commission

396

684

604

‑79

‑12

Department of Fish and Wildlife

431

438

529

92

21

Department of Water Resources

548

2,007

475

‑1,532

‑76

Wildlife Conservation Board

94

496

132

‑364

‑73

Department of Conservation

124

142

126

‑16

‑11

California Conservation Corps

94

123

125

2

2

Natural Resources Agency

312

333

123

‑209

‑63

State Lands Commission

32

45

98

53

117

Other resources programsb

199

570

212

‑358

‑63

By Funding Source

General Fund

$2,726

$3,586

$3,034

‑$552

‑15%

Special funds

1,271

2,120

1,769

‑351

‑17

Bond funds

885

2,794

1,171

‑1,623

‑58

Federal funds

157

370

292

‑77

‑21

By Purpose

State operations

$4,174

$5,689

$4,774

‑$915

‑16%

Local assistance

556

2,135

1,243

‑892

‑42

Capital outlay

309

1,046

250

‑796

‑76

aIncludes Governor’s cap‑and‑trade and zero‑emission vehicle infrastructure spending plans, which were not included in the Governor’s January 10 budget.

bIncludes state conservancies, Coastal Commission, and other departments.

For more information, see our publication The 2018-19 Budget: Resources and Environmental Protection.

Environmental Protection Budget Summary

(Dollars in Millions)

Expenditures

2016‑17
Actual

2017‑18
Estimated

2018‑19
Proposed
a

Change From 2017‑18

Amount

Percent

Total

$3,716

$6,364

$4,244

‑$2,120

‑33%

By Department

Resources Recycling and Recovery

$1,500

$1,646

$1,542

‑$105

‑6%

Air Resources Board

700

1,730

1,208

‑522

‑30

State Water Resources Control Board

1,137

2,578

1,069

‑1,509

‑59

Department of Toxic Substances Control

247

263

279

16

6

Department of Pesticide Regulation

96

104

104

Other departmentsb

37

44

43

‑1

‑2

By Funding Source

General Fund

$96

$118

$84

‑$35

‑29%

Special funds

2,907

4,312

3,630

‑682

‑16

Bond funds

427

1,564

161

‑1,403

‑90

Federal funds

286

370

370

By Purpose

State operations

$1,249

$1,655

$1,588

‑$67

‑4%

Local assistance

2,467

4,555

2,656

‑1,899

‑42

Capital outlay

aIncludes Governor’s cap‑and‑trade spending plan, which was not included in the Governor’s budget.

bIncludes the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and general obligation bond debt service.

For more information, see our publication The 2018-19 Budget: Resources and Environmental Protection.

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: March 2018