Environment & Natural Resources

CEQA: Targeted Reforms for California’s Core Environmental Law

Report #279, May 2024
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) remains an essential tool to protect the state’s environment, but can be improved through targeted, limited reforms, the Little Hoover Commission concluded in a recent report. The new report,...

Reducing California’s Landfill Methane Emissions: SB 1383 Implementation

Report #274, June 2023
California is falling short in the fight against harmful landfill emissions, and should adjust its approach to meaningfully respond to a major contributor to climate change, the Little Hoover Commission urged in a new report. By enacting SB...

Fire on the Mountain: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada

Report #242, February 2018
The Little Hoover Commission released a new report Monday, calling for a dramatic culture change in the way forests are managed to curb a disastrous cycle of wildfire and tree deaths. Instead of focusing almost solely on fire suppression, the...

Letter to Governor Brown and the Legislature on the Salton Sea

Report #232, June 2016
The Little Hoover Commission in a letter sent Friday to Governor Brown and the Legislature again renewed its call for urgent action at the Salton Sea to prevent a massive public health, environmental and economic disaster...

Averting Disaster: Action Now for the Salton Sea

Report #228, September 2015
Southern California faces an environmental and public health crisis with the continuing, and perhaps irreversible demise of the Salton Sea. This potential wind-blown disaster and related human and economic consequences can be mitigated only if the...

Governing California Through Climate Change

Report #221, July 2014
The Little Hoover Commission on Thursday sent a message to the state’s leaders: California is beginning to see the initial effects of a warming climate as ongoing efforts by world governments fall short in reducing carbon emissions. Governments statewide...

Beyond Crisis: Recapturing Excellence in California’s State Park System

Report #215, March 2013
California has been given a two-year window of opportunity to save a park system built over 85 years to global prominence. The alternative: Accept decline and a sharply curtailed vision for California parks in the future. “For a generation...

Managing for Change Modernizing California’s Water Governance

Report #201, August 2010
The Little Hoover Commission on Thursday, August 26, 2010, issued recommendations calling for a new approach to managing California’s water supply. The Commission released its report, Managing for Change: Modernizing California’s Water Governance,...

Clearer Structure, Cleaner Water: Improving Performance and Outcomes at the State Water Boards

Report #195, January 2009
The Little Hoover Commission on Thursday urged the governor and the Legislature to reform the State Water Resources Control Board and nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards by expanding the state board to nine members, with five members representing...

Still Imperiled, Still Important: The Little Hoover Commission’s Review of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program

Report #183, November 2005
The Little Hoover Commission on Thursday recommended overhauling how state and federal agencies are managing the massive, multibillion-dollar effort to restore the Bay-Delta estuary. The Commission’s review affirmed the importance of the CALFED...