On May 9, 2016, the governor issued Executive Order Executive Order B-37-16, establishing long-term water conservation measures that include permanent monthly water use reporting, new urban water use targets, reducing system leaks and eliminating clearly wasteful practices, strengthening urban drought contingency plans and improving agricultural water management and drought plans.
On December 22, 2016, state and federal officials released the final Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Statement for California WaterFix, an effort to modernize the State's water infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The California Department of Water Resources officials indicate that WaterFix will secure water supplies for 25 million Californians and prepare for a future marked by rising seas, seismic threats and more extreme weather. The State of California also issued a Drought Update on January 9, 2017 discussing current water supplies, resources, and the WaterFix plan.
In April 2017, the Department of Water Resources, the State Water Resources Control Board, the
California Public Utilities Commission, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California
Energy Commission released their final report on Executive Order B-37-16, entitled Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life. This report provides a statewide framework for using water more wisely, eliminating waterwaste,
strengthening local drought resilience, and improving agricultural water use efficiency and drought
Permanent Statewide Water Use Restrictions
Prohibitions on using a hose to clean driveways or sidewalks.
A ban on overwatering landscape that results in runoff.
Requiring restaurants to serve water only upon request.
A mandate that the hospitality industry offer optional laundering of sheets and towels.
CaliforniaDrought.org is a project of the Pacific Institute, a nonprofit based in Oakland, California dedicated to researching and finding solutions to freshwater issues. The website compiles tools, research, and information on the drought to help California understand, plan for, and find sustainable water management solutions.
U.S. Drought Portal
The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) created the U.S. Drought Portal as an information hub on current drought conditions and drought forecasting throughout the country.
U.S. Drought Monitor
The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of drought conditions that is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The California State Drought Monitor shows that as of February 20, 2018, 92% of California is experiencing either abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions, with 20% of the State experiencing Severe Drought conditions.