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September 8, 2022

As California faces a hotter, drier future and ongoing extreme drought conditions, the Department of Water Resources is offering $6 million in financial assistance to support desalination projects that will help develop new sources of local water supplies in California.

September 7, 2022

Statewide water use dropped in July by 10.4% relative to July 2020,as state conservation actions continued to take hold and build momentum towardgreater water savings.

August 23, 2022

As part of ongoing efforts to help small communities address water supply challenges amid extreme drought and build water resilience for the future, the Department of Water Resources announced its eighth round of funding through the Small Community Drought Relief Program.

August 17, 2022

As sustained drought conditions reduce water in streams and rivers to critical levels, the State Water Resources Control Board yesterday readopted an emergency curtailment regulation for Mill and Deer Creeks in Tehama County to preserve minimum flows for the survival of multiple fish species and protect threatened drinking water supplies. The existing one-year regulation would … Read more

August 11, 2022

Hotter and drier weather conditions spurred by climate change could reduce California’s water supply by up to 10% by the year 2040. To replace and replenish what we will lose to thirstier soils, vegetation, and the atmosphere, Governor Gavin Newsom announced California’s latest actions to increase water supply.

August 9, 2022

A new web-based tool developed by DWR will allow the public to explore thousands of groundwater projects across California to get a better understanding of one of the state’s most critical water supply resources.

July 21, 2022

With three consecutive years of drought reducing state and federal water project reservoirs to historic lows, the State Water Resources Control Board onWednesday readopted measures for the Delta to protect drinking water supplies, prevent salinity intrusion and minimize impacts to fish and the environment.

July 20, 2022

Seizing a generational opportunity to leverage unprecedented state funding to combat drought and climate change, the State Water Resources ControlBoard provided a historic $3.3 billion in financial assistance during the past fiscal year (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) to water systems and communities for projects that bolster water resilience, respond to drought emergencies … Read more

July 13, 2022

A year after receiving funding from the Budget Act of 2021, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has successfully awarded more than $440 million to date in drought relief assistance to small and urban communities to address water supply challenges and help build local resilience.

July 11, 2022

In an effort to better prepare for future drought conditions in the face of climate change, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a draft Environmental Impact Report analyzing potential construction effects of future drought salinity barriers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

July 8, 2022

Statewide urban water use in May of 2022, was 3.1% lower than in May 2020, and preliminary data from June 2022 representing 30% of the state’s population, shows water savings of 7.7% for June 2022 compared to June 2020.

June 30, 2022

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is providing critical financial support to four urgent projects in Humboldt, Los Angeles, Modoc, Shasta, and Siskiyou counties through the Small Community Drought Relief Program. In coordination with the State Water Resources Control Board, DWR has awarded $2 million in funding to support four identified projects that will improve drought … Read more

June 22, 2022

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced $29 million in funding for 44 drought relief projects to improve water supply reliability, address drinking water quality, and support water conservation primarily serving underrepresented and Tribal communities.

June 21, 2022

With historic dry conditions continuing in the Scott and Shasta rivers, the State Water Resources Control Board today readopted and updated an emergency curtailment regulation that includes measures to protect imperiled fish, ensures supplies for human health and livestock needs, and encourages voluntary efforts that may be used in lieu of curtailments.

June 14, 2022

A new statewide emergency water conservation regulation that bans using drinkable water on decorative or non-functional grass at commercial, industrial, and institutional properties went into effect Friday. It also requires urban water suppliers to implement all demand-reduction actions under Level 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans.

June 9, 2022

The Department of Water Resources has released the Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package for approximately $193 million in grant funding to help local agencies advance water infrastructure and resilience projects.

June 7, 2022

With ongoing drought conditions straining water supplies and creating uncertainty throughout California, the State Water Resources Control Board todayapproved a unique agreement that allows right holders in the Upper Russian River watershed to voluntarily reduce water use and share their available water.

June 6, 2022

As California continues to experience climate-driven severe drought conditions, DWR is providing tools and resources to help communities and domestic well owners prepare for potential well outages and other drought impacts.

June 2, 2022

The Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are gearing up for the hot and dry summer months as the state experiences a third consecutive year of severe drought.

May 24, 2022

In response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 28 Executive Order, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation today that will ensure more aggressive conservation by local water agencies across the state.

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.

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