South Coast Region

How Bad was the Drought?

Rt Map Drought Reservoir

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.

South Coast Region

Includes region identified with cities of Los Angeles and San Diego


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.

Examples of the storage projects that might benefit the South Coast Region include:
Sites Reservoir

Groundwater Sustainability

Funds protection and cleanup of groundwater basins to help achieve sustainability.


Watersheds & Flood Management

Habitat and watershed programs, enhancement for rivers and creeks, watersheds in designated areas, state commitments to restoration and statewide flood management.

  • Eligible for $187 million and a portion of an additional $130.5 million in funds for watershed protection.

Regional Conservancy Funding

Includes up to $217.5 million in funds for multi-benefit programs, or programs that benefit water supply, water quality, and watershed protection and restoration projects in the inland and coastal South Coast region.

Baldwin Hills Conservancy
Ocean Protection Council
San Diego River Conservancy
San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
State Coastal Conservancy

Regional Water Reliability

Water conservation, stormwater capture and other programs that increase local and regional water supplies.

$213.5 million in Regional Water Reliability Funds, distributed among three areas:

  • 98 million for Los Angeles area (Includes Ventura County)
  • 63 million for the Santa Ana watershed
  • 52.5 million for the San Diego area (includes a portion of Orange County.)


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