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October 12, 2021

With its water supplies diminished by drought and climate change, the City of Fort Bragg is launching a desalination-reverse osmosis system that can treat up to 144,000 gallons per day using funding from the State Water Resources Control Board.

October 4, 2021

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) have announced a joint effort at the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Butte County to aid in offsetting impacts to spring-run and fall-run Chinook salmon resulting from this year’s extreme drought conditions.

September 23, 2021

In an effort to improve water reliability and drought resilience, Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) recently completed a consolidation project with the Castle City Mobile Home Park in Newcastle with funding assistance from the State Water Resources Control Board.

September 22, 2021

With climate change-fueled drought reducing precipitation to approximately half of normal levels across the Sacramento River basin, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency curtailment regulation for Mill and Deer Creeks in Tehama County.

September 22, 2021

DWR announced its second and third round of funding commitments, totaling $28 million, to 15 communities as part of its Small Community Drought Relief program.

September 14, 2021

You are invited to participate in a virtual CA Drought Funding Informational Session, hosted by the California Department of Water Resources with the State Water Resources Control Board, on Thursday, September 16 9:00-10:30 AM (Pacific Time) via Zoom.

September 10, 2021

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced that the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area in Siskiyou County will be closed to waterfowl hunting for the entirety of the 2021-22 season as a result of lost wetlands and waterfowl habitat due to drought conditions.

September 10, 2021

With record low flows in the Scott and Shasta Rivers threatening the survival of multiple fish species, the State Water Resources Control Board ordered right holders to stop diverting water to ensure supplies for human health and livestock needs and to protect fish.

August 25, 2021

As California’s 2021-22 waterfowl hunting season approaches, hunters may find that wildlife areas have limited space, particularly early in the season.

August 20, 2021

With climate change-induced drought conditions reducing water levels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to alarming lows, the State Water Resources Control Board today issued curtailment orders to approximately 4,500 right holders to protect drinking water supplies, prevent salinity intrusion and minimize impacts to fisheries and the environment.

August 20, 2021

Due to drought and poor water conditions at Lake Sonoma, thousands of juvenile coho salmon have been relocated from the Warm Springs Fish Hatchery in Geyserville.

August 17, 2021

With climate change-induced drought causing critical low flows in the Scott and Shasta Rivers and threatening the survival of multiple fish species, the State Water Resources Control Board today approved an emergency curtailment regulation that includes measures to help maintain minimum flows to protect fish, ensure supplies for human health and livestock needs, and encourage … Read more

August 11, 2021

Moving to provide immediate support to communities facing water supply challenges, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced the first round of funding commitments for $200 million available through the Small Community Drought Relief Program.

August 11, 2021

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries announced a Voluntary Drought Initiative today designed to protect populations of salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon from the effects of the current unprecedented drought.

August 3, 2021

With climate change-induced drought reducing water levels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to alarming lows, the State Water Resources Control Board today approved an emergency curtailment regulation with measures to preserve stored water to protect drinking water supplies, prevent salinity intrusion and minimize impacts to fisheries and the environment.

August 2, 2021

With California experiencing a historic drought amid worsening climate change impacts, the state is responding urgently to address acute water supply shortfalls in affected areas.

July 28, 2021

After three weeks of round-the-clock work, the emergency drought salinity barrier (EDSB) was completed in late June.

July 19, 2021

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is asking recreational anglers to voluntarily change how, when and where they fish to minimize stress and mortality among fish populations suffering from drought conditions.

July 8, 2021

With much of the West experiencing drought conditions and California squarely in a second consecutive dry year, Governor Gavin Newsom today directed state agencies to take immediate action to bolster drought resilience and prepare for impacts on communities, businesses and ecosystems if dry conditions extend to a third year.

July 8, 2021

Amid deepening drought and record-breaking temperatures throughout the West, Governor Gavin Newsom today called on Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15% to protect water reserves if drought conditions continue and help maintain critical flows for fish and wildlife wherever possible.

June 15, 2021

With water levels at historic lows due to drought, the State Water Resources Control Board today adopted an emergency regulation authorizing the Division of Water Rights to issue curtailment notices to water right holders in the Russian River watershed to safeguard the community’s drinking water availability later this year and next year.

June 15, 2021

With extremely dry conditions continuing throughout the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta, the State Water Resources Control Board today sent notices of water unavailability to approximately 4,300 right holders in the watershed, urging them to stop diverting to preserve dwindling water supply for both this year and the next.

June 8, 2021

With California experiencing its second consecutive dry year, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) called on local and regional water suppliers to increase their conservation efforts, develop a contingency plan in the event of water supply problems, and … Read more

June 3, 2021

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released its first assessments of groundwater sustainability plans developed by local agencies to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

June 3, 2021

In response to worsening drought conditions in California, today the Department of Water Resources (DWR) began construction on a temporary emergency drought barrier on the West False River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

June 1, 2021

With drought causing critically low flows and threatening the survival of coho salmon, an endangered species under both the California and Federal Endangered Species Acts, the State Water Resources Control Board today sent notices of water unavailability to 102 water right holders in the Scott River basin in Siskiyou County, urging them to stop diverting … Read more

May 26, 2021

With drought conditions resulting in low flows in the Russian River and historically low water storage levels at Lake Mendocino, the State Water Resources Control Board today notified 930 junior water rights holders in the Upper Russian River basin that there is not enough water in the system and that diversions must be reduced immediately … Read more

April 21, 2021

With much of the West experiencing drought conditions and California squarely in a second consecutive dry year, Governor Gavin Newsom today directed state agencies to take immediate action to bolster drought resilience and prepare for impacts on communities, businesses and ecosystems if dry conditions extend to a third year.

April 1, 2021

DWR conducted the fourth snow survey at the Phillips Station snow course. The manual survey recorded 49.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 21 inches, which is 83 percent of average for this location.

March 21, 2021

As dry conditions persist throughout California, the State Water Resources Control Board today mailed early warning notices to approximately 40,000 water right holders, urging them to plan for potential shortages by reducing water use and adopting practical conservation measures.

March 1, 2021

California’s last severe drought tested all aspects of how we manage water. Five consecutive dry years from 2012 to 2016 took their toll on many communities, our agricultural economy, and our state’s remarkable natural environment.

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