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The California Water Boards' Performance Report - Fiscal Year 2009-10

Performance Management

With the adoption of the Strategic Plan Update: 2008-2012, the Water Boards continued the transition to becoming performance-based organizations where clear and measurable goals, objectives, and targets for improved performance are established and reported. Goal 5 of the Strategic Plan establishes that the Water Boards will improve transparency and accountability by ensuring that our goals and actions are clear and accessible; by demonstrating and explaining results achieved; and by enhancing and improving accessibility to data and information. This Annual Performance Report is part of the Water Boards’ efforts toward developing as performance-based organizations.

Annual Performance Report -- Purpose

In accordance with the Strategic Plan, the web pages for the Annual Performance Report were created to provide a report card that will communicate to the public the quality of California’s waters, the performance of the Water Boards in protecting those waters, and other Water Board-related issues that affect the public. Executive leadership of the State and Regional Water Boards identified numerous performance measures for specific outputs that are currently tracked through Water Board data systems. New this year is an assessment of how the Water Board organizations performed relative to a set of program targets that were established at the beginning of the fiscal year. Through this second Annual Performance Report, performance information for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009-10 (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010) will be displayed and visitors will be able to access both prior year information as well as information on how the Water Boards met their fiscal year performance targets .

The web pages for this Annual Performance Report solicit public comments for continual improvement of the information presented. In addition, improvements in the Water Boards’ data systems will enhance routine reporting of performance. As those systems are enhanced, this report will evolve to describe the water environment outcomes of our efforts.

Making this information available in a publicly-accessible manner is expected to build public confidence in the decision-makers, enhance the delivery of government services, and lead to greater public interest and involvement. Establishing and using measures of environmental and Water Board performance, along with adequate data and data systems, to track and report progress in meeting our goals and targets helps us to better manage and evaluate our programs, activities, and priorities, and improve efficiencies in our work processes. Thus, this Annual Performance Report is a management tool and an instrument to communicate to the public our efforts and achievements.


( Updated 9/20/11 )