From left, homeowners Leonicio Ramirez and his daughter Tania Ramirez are the first residents to receive water through a water distribution system in East Porterville, Calif.  on August 19, 2016.

In drought-stricken communities, drinking water wells are going dry because groundwater is being pumped faster than it can be replenished. To further protect clean drinking water, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) in coordination with the Department of Food and Agriculture has developed the LandFlex Program to support groundwater sustainabili ...

Silverwood Lake, a large reservoir in San Bernardino County, California. Silverwood Lake is located on the West Fork Mojave River, a tributary of the Mojave River in the San Bernardino Mountains. It was created in 1971 as part of the State Water Project by the construction of the Cedar Springs Dam as a forebay on the 444 mi long California Aqueduct. Photo taken August 10, 2022.

DWR is urging the public to avoid contact with water at Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County until further notice due to blue-green algae (cyanobacteria).

Pictured are the participants from the panel discussion about "Building Resilience and the Partnerships to Make It Happen." From left to right: Alicia Kirchner - Water Resources Project Planner, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Jane Dolan - President, Central Valley Flood Protection Board President; Chris Elias - Executive Director, San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency; John Cain - Senior Director of Conservation, River Partners; Gary Lippner - DWR Deputy Director, Flood Management and Dam Safety; Kris Tjernell - DWR Deputy Director, Integrated Watershed Management.

With California in extreme drought and facing ongoing extreme climate events, DWR gathered scientists, water policy experts, and members of communities impacted by drought and floods for a conversation about building climate resiliency, including in the state’s water and flood management systems.