How Bad was 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.
Includes region identified with city of Palm Springs
Funds new water storage projects to add flexibility to the system and create more places to store water for use later.
Eligible 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.
Habitat and watershed programs, enhancement for rivers and creeks, watersheds in designated areas, state commitments to restoration and statewide flood management.
Water conservation, stormwater capture and other programs that increase local and regional water supplies.
• $22.5 million in Regional Water Reliability Funds
Includes $10 million in funds for watershed protection projects in the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy.
Also 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.