Department of Water Resources (DWR) announces 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.
DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water 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, declining to 47 gallons per day by 2025, and 42 gallons by 2030 and beyond.
DWR initiated a $100 million funding program to restore capacity to portions of the California Aqueduct, San Luis Canal, Delta-Mendota Canal, and Friant-Kern Canal lost to land subsidence occurring during the last several decades.
As part of an ongoing effort to protect and restore critical habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, DWR has restored more than half of the 1,187 acres of former grazing and dairy lands into rich habitat for fish and wildlife as part of the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project.
Seismic work at Castaic Dam’s tower access bridge has reached another milestone with the completion of work on three bridge piers. The work at the Los Angeles County facility is part of ongoing efforts by DWR to make the bridge stronger and reduce seismic risk at all State Water Project facilities.
DWR released its second round of assessments of groundwater sustainability plans developed by local agencies to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
With California facing a severe drought and an increased reliance on the State’s groundwater basins, today the Department of Water Resources (DWR) released the final version of California’s Groundwater – Update 2020.
Read a statement from DWR Director Karla Nemeth on the Metropolitan Water District’s decision to declare a drought emergency and call for mandatory conservation:
As part of a continuing effort to address drought impacts across the state, DWR announced its fourth round of funding commitments through the Small Community Drought Relief program.
To address drought impacts across the state, DWR 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.