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Scott River and Shasta River Watersheds Drought Response

On May 10, 2021, Governor Newsom declared a drought emergency for 41 counties, including Siskiyou County, where accelerated action is needed to protect public health, safety, as well as the environment. During winter 2023, California received above-average precipitation across many parts of the state and on March 24, 2023, Governor Newsom signed an executive order rolling back emergency drought provisions in select watersheds. The Klamath River watershed was not included in this order and is still subject to the drought proclamation and emergency drought provisions. The Scott River (Scott) and Shasta River (Shasta) are important tributaries to the Klamath River, the second largest river in California. The Scott and Shasta watersheds did not receive the same precipitation events as other parts of the state and are still experiencing drought related impacts. These rivers are crucial sources of water for Siskiyou County and have immense economic, ecological, and cultural importance. Siskiyou County is home to 43,500 people. The Scott and Shasta watersheds provide water for agriculture, domestic users, the environment, fire protection, municipalities, Tribal Nations, and recreation.

As the region’s drought situation worsens, local and state governments and community members are collaborating to address water shortages. Below are links to information regarding drought activities in the Scott and Shasta watersheds. This website will be updated with applicable information regarding drought conditions, public meetings, and actions. Please check back frequently as the drought response is a rapidly developing situation.

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2023 Outreach

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The following funding opportunities provide funding for habitat restoration, water efficiency, instream flow dedications, fish passage, and other project types.

  How to Conserve

   Klamath River watershed residents can help! Surface and groundwater users can help lessen drought impacts, and even small efforts can result in huge benefits for flows and fish.

Here are just a few ways to help:

  • Reduce diversions from surface and groundwater sources
  • Conserve water, limit non-food irrigation, and reuse graywater (i.e., water from sinks, showers, baths, washing machines, or dishwashers)
  • Coordinate diversion timing with neighbors to reduce cumulative effects
  • Prepare for ongoing drought by exploring water storage options (e.g., rain collection, roofwater harvesting, or tank storage)

   Click here for more water saving tips.

  How to Report an Unauthorized Diversion or Water Waste

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  Visit the CalEPA Complaint System to report unauthorized diversions, such as violations of water right permits or diversions impacting fisheries.

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  Visit savewater.ca.gov to report water waste, such as leaks and overwatering, to your local water agency.

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