Drought Resiliency

Bills of Interest 

 SB 971 Hertzberg “CDAG Bill”

The Community Water Center and CMUA in conjunction with Senator Hertzberg, have introduced SB 971 “CDAG” bill, which sets requirements for information/ data for drought preparedness of small systems and requires counties to provide information and basic contingencies.

Legislative Highlights:

  1. Requires suppliers with 1,000 to 2,999 service connections to prepare and adopt a small water suppliers water shortage contingency plan.
  2. Requires a county at risk of drought or water shortage to develop a water shortage plan to include the counties existing planning processes and establish a county drought and water shortage task force.

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AB 2322 (Friedman): Small water suppliers and rural communities: drought and water shortage planning: repeal

Summary: Current law makes legislative findings and declarations regarding drought planning for small water suppliers and rural communities, and requires the Department of Water Resources, in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board and other relevant state and local agencies and stakeholders, to use available data to identify, no later than January 1, 2020, small water suppliers and rural communities that may be at risk of drought and water shortage vulnerability and notify counties and groundwater sustainability agencies of those suppliers or communities. Current law requires the department, in consultation with the state board, to propose to the Governor and the Legislature, by January 1, 2020, recommendations and guidance relating to the development and implementation of countywide drought and water shortage contingency plans to address the planning needs of small water suppliers and rural communities, as provided. This bill would repeal these provisions.

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Topic: Draft of the report “Small Water Suppliers and Rural Communities at Risk of Drought and Water Shortage Vulnerability and Recommendations and Guidance to Address the Planning Needs of these Communities”.

This report presents a set of recommendations and guidance to improve drought and water shortage planning for counties, small suppliers and rural communities. It also highlights two new web tools developed with stakeholder input that assesses the drought and water shortage vulnerability of California’s small water suppliers and rural communities. A high-level summary of the vulnerability, methodology for analyzing risk, and risk results are presented in the report. Stakeholders and the public can submit comments on this draft report and the risk scoring tool by using the web form at http://bit.ly/dwrrisktool or by email to: droughtrisk@water.ca.gov. Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 19, 2020. DWR staff will discuss this draft report and the risk scoring tool with the CDAG and stakeholders during two stakeholder webinars to be scheduled during the public comment period. The webinars information will be announced soon.

“Small Water Suppliers and Rural Communities at Risk of Drought and Water Shortage Vulnerability and Recommendations and Guidance to Address the Planning Needs of these Communities” (March 2020) – [PDF]