San Joaquin Valley

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.

San Joaquin Valley

Includes region identified with city of Fresno


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

Examples of the storage projects that might benefit the San Joaquin Valley include:

Sites Reservoir
Temperance Flat Reservoir

Groundwater Sustainability

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

Examples of groundwater sustainability projects that might benefit the San Joaquin Valley:
Consolidated Irrigation District 

Watersheds & Flood Management

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

Projects that could be built include:
The Seville Sontag Ditch Flood Control Project

  • Eligible for a portion of $295 million dedicated to reducing levee risks in the Delta
  • $10 million for Watershed Protection, and eligibility for an additional portion of $637 million in additional funds for Watershed Protection

Regional Conservancy Funding

Includes $10 million in funds for the San Joaquin River Conservancy, a regionally governed agency created to develop and manage the San Joaquin River Parkway, a planned 22-mile natural and recreational area in the floodplain extending from Friant Dam to Highway 99.

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.

Includes $50 million in funds for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, which has has three primary program areas: Economic Development, Ecosystem Restoration, and Education and Outreach.

San Joaquin River Conservancy
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy


Regional Water Reliability

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

• $65 million in Regional Water Reliability Funds

Projects funded by regional water reliability could include projects such as:
Orange Cove
Dinuba RCR

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