Central Sierra Region
How Bad is the Drought?
Hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland were idled
and thousands of jobs lost due to the drought.
Reservoirs are full but drought rules persist.
Central Sierra Region
Includes region identified with city of Bishop
Funds new water storage projects to add flexibility to the system and create more places to store water for use later.
Potential storage projects would include:
- Surface Water Storage
- Groundwater Storage
- Conjunctive use projects
- Local and regional surface water
Projects must help meet certain public benefit criteria to be considered for funding. Public benefit criteria include one or more of the areas below.
- Improved river water quality or groundwater quality
- Improving emergency response to ensure continued water exports during a crisis
- Benefits to flood control
- Recreational Purposes
Improving the flexibility of the water storage system can help ensure that water remains available for critical ecosystem and supply needs during dry years.
Funds protection and cleanup of groundwater basins to help achieve sustainability.
Potential groundwater projects will help to protect groundwater that is or could be used for drinking water. Projects are focused on meeting identified goals such as:
- Improving local water supply reliability
- Reducing threats to groundwater aquifers
- Recharging high-use groundwater basins
- Reducing the risk of spreading groundwater contamination
Habitat and watershed programs, enhancement for rivers and creeks, watersheds in designated areas, state commitments to restoration and statewide flood management.
Includes $25 million in funds for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, one of the most significant natural and biologically diverse regions in the world. The Region constitutes about 25 percent of California’s land area, or 25 million acres, and is the state’s principal watershed supplying more than 60 percent of the developed water supply to residents, agriculture, and other industries across the state.
Water conservation, stormwater capture and other programs that increase local and regional water supplies.
• $13 million in Regional Water Reliability Funds for the Mountain Counties Overlay Area.