Delta Drought Response Pilot Program

To reduce drought stress in the Delta watershed, protect Delta water quality, and improve mutual understanding of agricultural practices and water conservation opportunities in different regions within the Legal Delta, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, in partnership with the Department of Water Resources and the Delta Watermaster, initiated the Delta Drought Response Pilot Program (DDRPP) in January 2022. 

Funds were made available to incentivize agricultural water users in the Legal Delta to take actions expected to reduce crop consumptive water use and protect water quality. The program offers Delta water users a grant of $900 per enrolled acre.

The Program is not currently accepting applications. We have approved eligible projects in the order that they were received and with consideration toward broad geographic distribution. We are hopeful that funding may be available in subsequent years to run drought-related programs, so please watch our website.

By rigorously monitoring the outcomes and impacts of a variety of actions in different settings throughout the Legal Delta, the Pilot Program will provide data to support targeted water conservation/quality protection responses during sustained and/or future droughts.

Click here to see the DDRPP projects.