Delta Drought Response Pilot Program

Oct. 19, 2022
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, in partnership with the Department of Water Resources, the Office of the Delta Watermaster, and The Nature Conservancy, and in coordination with Delta water users, has initiated the Delta Drought Response Pilot Program for water year 2023.

The goals of the 2023 Program are to reduce drought stress in the Delta watershed by incentivizing agricultural water users to incorporate practices into their operations that:

  • Conserve water on a net basis during water year 2023
  • Protect Delta water quality by providing an added buffer against salinity intrusion
  • Promote soil health
  • Mitigate potential drought impacts on fish and migratory birds

Participation in the Program required interested individual agricultural water users to submit bids. Bids for the Program were due at 5 p.m. on October 18, 2022.

Click here to view the Solicitation Summary (program details)

Click here to view FAQs for the Delta Drought Response Pilot Program

Public Workshops for the 2023 Program

To explain what’s new for water year 2023 and to go over the solicitation packet and online bid form, the 2023 DDRPP planning committee hosted three workshops for prospective grantees:

Virtual Workshop

  • Thursday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to noon
    Virtual meeting (held via Microsoft Teams Webinar)
    Watch the meeting recording:

In-person Workshops

  • Friday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to noon: North Delta meeting
    Jean Harvie Community Center (14273 River Rd, Walnut Grove, CA 95690)
  • Friday, October 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.: Central and South Delta meeting
    Roberts Union Farm Center (4925 Howard Rd, Stockton, CA 95206)

Background Information

The Delta Drought Response Pilot Program was first launched in January 2022. More than 8,700 acres were enrolled in the first round of the Program.

DWR allocated an additional $10.7 million for grants thanks to the Budget Act of 2022, allowing the Program to start a second phase.

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