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
Budgeted

Change From 2017‑18

Amount

Percent

Totals

$5,039

$8,767

$7,212

‑$1,554

‑18%

By Department

Forestry and Fire Protection

$1,305

$2,179

$1,844

‑$335

‑15%

Parks and Recreation

480

806

1,304

497

62

General obligation bond debt service

1,025

951

1,026

76

8

Water Resources

548

2,003

716

‑1,287

‑64

Energy Commission

396

683

533

‑150

‑22

Fish and Wildlife

431

520

524

4

1

Natural Resources Agency

312

333

293

‑40

‑12

Wildlife Conservation Board

94

496

196

‑300

‑60

Conservation Corps

94

109

157

48

44

Conservation

124

171

131

‑40

‑23

State Lands Commission

32

45

99

54

119

Other resources programsa

199

470

389

‑81

‑17

By Fund Source

General Fund

$2,726

$3,512

$3,622

$110

3%

Special funds

1,271

2,145

1,777

‑368

‑17

Bond funds

885

2,740

1,521

‑1,219

‑44

Federal funds

157

369

293

‑76

‑21

By Purpose

State operations

$4,174

$5,661

$4,913

‑$747

‑13%

Local assistance

556

2,146

1,734

‑412

‑19

Capital outlay

309

960

566

‑394

‑41

aIncludes state conservancies, Coastal Commission, and other departments.

For more information, see our publication The 2018-19 Budget: California Spending Plan.

Environmental Protection Budget Summary

(Dollars in Millions)

Expenditures

2016‑17
Actual

2017‑18
Estimated

2018‑19
Budgeted

Change From 2017‑18

Amount

Percent

Totals

$3,714

$6,436

$4,544

‑$1,893

‑29%

By Department

Resources Recycling and Recovery

$1,500

$1,743

$1,568

‑$175

‑10%

Air Resources Board

700

1,705

1,386

‑319

‑19

Water Resources Control Board

1,137

2,578

1,137

‑1,441

‑56

Toxic Substances Control

247

263

303

40

15

Pesticide Regulation

94

104

105

1

1

Other departmentsa

37

44

44

1

2

By Fund Source

General Fund

$96

$217

$130

‑$88

‑40%

Special funds

2,905

4,286

3,842

‑443

‑10

Bond funds

427

1,564

202

‑1,362

‑87

Federal funds

286

370

370

By Purpose

State operations

$1,247

$1,753

$1,638

‑$115

‑7%

Local assistance

2,467

4,530

2,906

‑1,624

‑36

Capital outlay

154

‑154

aIncludes 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: 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: November 2018