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May 10, 2022

The State Water Resources Control Board today readopted an emergency regulation authorizing the Division of Water Rights to curtail diversions in Sonoma and Mendocino counties to protect threatened drinking water supplies and migrating fish in the Russian River.

May 2, 2022

In an effort to boost water supply reliability for millions of Californians, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced its first round of funding to 20 agencies responsible for managing critically overdrafted groundwater basins throughout the state.

April 28, 2022

Following the driest three-month stretch in the state’s recorded history and with warmer months ahead, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its seventh round of grant awards for local assistance through the Small Community Drought Relief program.

April 5, 2022

CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation has selected 11 organizations to receive $5 million in funding through a new competitive grant program, the Water Efficiency Technical Assistance program.

April 1, 2022

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today conducted the fourth snow survey of the season at Phillips Station.

March 21, 2022

As drought conditions persist throughout California, the State Water Board sent early warning letters to approximately 20,000 water right holders urging them to plan for potential shortages.

March 21, 2022

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its second phase of funding through the Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant program.

March 18, 2022

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced it must reduce the State Water Project allocation to 5 percent of requested supplies for 2022.

March 17, 2022

In an effort to improve water quality and supply for private domestic wellusers in rural areas near Modesto, the State Water Resources Control Board awarded a $5.5 million grant from the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to the Valley WaterCollaborative to expand its testing program and provide treatment to more householdsfacing contamination issues.

March 4, 2022

With California preparing for a third dry year, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its sixth round of local assistance through the Small Community Drought Relief program.

March 1, 2022

The Department of Water Resources conducted the third snow survey of the season at Phillips Station. 

February 18, 2022

he Department of Water Resources (DWR) has launched a new website, California Water Watch, that helps Californians easily access information on current local and statewide water conditions – down to their own region and even neighborhood.

February 16, 2022

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released new satellite-based data that show subsidence – or the sinking of the land surface due to excessive groundwater pumping – continues in the state. DWR has intensified statewide subsidence monitoring to help identify impacts and address them collaboratively with local groundwater agencies, counties and landowners.

February 11, 2022

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced that the Department of Water Resources (DWR) will receive $1.5 million in funding for the Juvenile Salmonid Collection System Pilot Project in the McCloud Arm of Shasta reservoir. 

February 1, 2022

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the second snow survey of the season at Phillips Station.

January 20, 2022

Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced it is increasing the State Water Project allocation to 15 percent of requested supplies for 2022. 

January 11, 2022

A new report conveys significant progress made in the past 18 months to implement the Water Resilience Portfolio, the Newsom Administration’s water policy blueprint to build climate resilience in the face of more extreme cycles of wet and dry.

January 4, 2022

As climate change-fueled extreme weather continues to disrupt our water system, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation that prohibits certain wasteful water use practices statewide and encourages Californians to monitor their water use more closely while building habits to use water wisely.

December 30, 2021

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the first snow survey of the season at Phillips Station. Early winter storms this month provided a strong start to the season and some drought relief, but California remains in a drought.

December 23, 2021

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) released its first phase of awards to 20 projects through the Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program.

December 16, 2021

The Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board issued final groundwater management principles and strategies to help protect drinking water wells from the  impacts of drought.

December 6, 2021

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced $26 million in funding commitments to 11 communities through the Small Community Drought Relief program, created by the Budget Act of 2021.

December 1, 2021

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its initial State Water Project (SWP) allocation for 2022 along with several steps to manage the state’s water supply in anticipation of a third dry year with reservoirs at or near historic lows.

November 30, 2021

The Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board have submitted a report to the Legislature recommending that urban water suppliers achieve an indoor water use efficiency standard of 55 gallons per capita per day by 2023, 47 gallons per day by 2025, and 42 gallons by 2030 and beyond.

November 19, 2021

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has begun releasing juvenile fall-run Chinook salmon into the Klamath River now that river conditions have improved with cooler temperatures and increased flows that give the young salmon their best chance at survival and reaching the Pacific Ocean.

November 9, 2021

As part of a continuing effort to address drought impacts across the state, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its fourth round of funding commitments through the Small Community Drought Relief program.

October 28, 2021

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced the release of the program guidelines and proposal solicitation package to distribute $200 million in funding available through the Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program.

October 19, 2021

Proclamation authorizes State Water Board to ban wasteful water uses, boosting conservation efforts

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 11, 2021

With climate change impacts reducing water levels to almost half of normal volume throughout the Sacramento River basin, the State Water Resources Control Board today ordered all 22 right holders in the Mill and Deer creek watersheds to stop diverting to protect drinking water and endangered fish species.

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.

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.

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