$2 million will go to supporting projects that will increase drought resilience
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced they will provide $2 million to four projects around California that focus on urgent water needs. The projects mostly center around drought resiliency and the water needs of local communities. The counties that are receiving funding through this program are Humboldt, Los Angeles, Modoc, Shasta, and Siskiyou counties. The money provided is from coordination with the State Water Resources Control Board through the Small Community Drought Relief Program. The DWR Deputy Director of Integrated Watershed Management Kristopher Tjernell summarized, "Conditions in the West are only getting drier and hotter, and the state is already planning for a fourth dry year. Today's funding will provide the necessary resources to help our most vulnerable communities get access to clean, safe drinking water." The Small Community Drought Relief Program has provided over $175 million to 89 projects throughout California that are aimed at increased tolerance to droughts at a local level.