DWR Updates

drone photograph shows the completed temporary emergency drought barrier for the West False River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Contra Costa County.

After three weeks of round-the-clock work, the emergency drought salinity barrier (EDSB) was completed in late June. The barrier will help prevent saltwater contamination of water supplies used by millions of Californians who rely on Delta-based federal and state water projects for at least some of their water supplies.

Groundwater is pumped from a production well to a nearby agricultural canal in Yolo County.

In June 2021, the Department of Water Resources released the first groundwater sustainability plan decisions ahead of the statutory deadline identified in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act – commonly called SGMA. The long-term planning required for SGMA will provide a buffer against drought and climate change and over time will contribute ...