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 2019-20 budget provides about $12 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)

2017-18
Actual

2018-19
Estimated

2019-20
Enacted

Change From 2018-19

Amount

Percent

Total

$6,250

$9,592

$7,429

-$2,163

-24%

By Department

Forestry and Fire Protection

$1,727

$2,229

$2,104

-$125

-6%

General obligation bond debt service

968

991

1,108

117

12

Parks and Recreation

785

1,180

978

-203

-17

Water Resources

556

2,296

833

-1,464

-64

Fish and Wildlife

520

538

559

22

4

Natural Resources Agency

136

371

480

109

29

Energy Commission

426

867

397

-470

-54

Wildlife Conservation Board

496

196

205

8

4

Conservation Corps

109

137

168

31

23

Conservation

168

138

141

3

2

Coastal Conservancy

166

125

123

-2

-2

Other resources programsa

193

525

334

-190

-36

By Funding Source

General Fund

$3,127

$4,052

$3,810

-$241

-6%

Special funds

1,689

2,119

1,794

-325

-15

Bond funds

1,118

3,123

1,532

-1,591

-51

Federal funds

316

298

292

-6

-2

By Purpose

State operations

$4,687

$5,892

$5,222

-$671

-11%

Local assistance

1,044

2,873

1,556

-1,317

-46

Capital outlay

519

826

651

-175

-21

aIncludes state conservancies, Coastal Commission, and other departments.

For more information, see our publication The 2019-20 Budget: California Spending Plan for Resources and Environmental Protection.

Environmental Protection Budget Summary

(Dollars in Millions)

2017‑18
Actual

2018‑19
Estimated

2019‑20
Enacted

Change From 2018‑19

Amount

Percent

Total

$4,439

$6,333

$5,007

‑$1,325

‑21%

By Department

Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

$1,626

$1,846

$1,582

‑$263

‑14

Water Resources Control Board

1,206

2,242

1,503

‑739

‑33

Air Resources Board

1,267

1,759

1,409

‑350

‑20

Toxic Substances Control

197

334

352

18

5

Pesticide Regulation

102

106

111

5

5

Other departmentsa

40

46

49

3

7

By Funding Source

General Fund

$159

$383

$197

‑185

‑48%

Special funds

3,533

4,388

4,036

‑352

‑8

Bond funds

515

1,191

405

‑786

‑66

Federal funds

232

371

369

‑2

By Purpose

State operations

$1,363

$1,903

$1,717

‑$186

‑10%

Local assistance

2,922

4,429

3,290

‑1,140

‑26

Capital outlay

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 2019-20 Budget: California Spending Plan for Resources and Environmental Protection.


Last Updated: November 2019