The Go Golden Initiative

California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot, left, Steve Doe, Special Investigations Branch Manager, DWR, Mary Fast – Kings Water Authority Board Chair, and Alma Beltran, Mayor of Parlier, are seen at this event posing with this check presented to them by DWR in front of other local officials from across the Central Valley, in Parlier, at the Foothill Basin Project Site, some of which is seen behind the fence in the background, before $15 million in financial assistance from DWR’s Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program was presented.

The Go Golden initiative highlights the state’s partnership with local organizations and water agencies, as “Golden Partners”, to implement projects that address water infrastructure, water conservation, well rehabilitation and fish and wildlife protection as California prepares for a more resilient future driven by climate change. These partnerships help ensure California can provide reliable access to water for millions of Californians as our climate continues to shift by implementing tactics from Governor Newsom’s Water Supply Strategy for a Hotter and Drier Future and investing billions of dollars in grant funding.

We’re currently working with our Golden Partners to invest in bold and innovative projects that strengthen California’s water infrastructure and resiliency, including:

More information about the grant programs behind these investments can be found on our Grants and Loans page.

A few of the projects we’ve invested in are highlighted below:

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Interested parties can stay up to date with the latest “Go Golden” announcements and news through DWR’s email subscription list.

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Go Golden check presentation to the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District.

As part of our continued partnership with local experts to make strategic investments in water supply resilience projects across the state, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) presented a $5.5 million grant to the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District to support groundwater resilience in Central Coast communities, including disadvantaged ...

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Graphic displaying Go Golden project information in California in 2023

In February 2023, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) launched the Go Golden Initiative to highlight partnerships between the State and local organizations and water agencies to fund bold and innovative projects that strengthen California’s water infrastructure and build community resilience.

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