As California manages a worsening drought, we have complied a number of resources that may be of use for drought monitoring, response, and recovery.
Current Drought Conditions
Drought monitoring data and updates are available through several federal and state agencies.
- California Water Science Center Drought Resources Page -- Links to surface water and groundwater monitoring networks and California reservoir conditions
- NIDIS California Drought Conditions -- Current California drought conditions and links to additional resources, including drought information by sector
- US Drought Monitor -- Maps and summaries of current drought conditions and future outlooks
- USGS Vegetation Monitor -- Maps of vegetation-related drought conditions (e.g., Vegetation Drought Response Index)
- NIDIS Drought Fact Sheets -- Fact sheets and other documents produced by the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) for California
- NRCS Water and Climate Update -- A weekly report on snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions for the US
- California DWR Reservoir Data -- Reports and summaries on daily reservoir storage, scheduled releases, and the latest real-time reservoir storage data
Drought Response and Recovery
The USDA has a number of drought assistance programs for agricultural producers. The list below has been provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
- Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) – provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters including qualifying drought (includes native grass for grazing).
- Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) – provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned or cash leased land
- Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) – offers payments to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Drought is not an eligible adverse weather event, except when associated with anthrax, a condition that occurs because of drought and directly results in the death of eligible livestock.
- Tree Assistance Program (TAP) – provides assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers for qualifying tree, shrub and vine losses due to natural disasters including excessive wind and qualifying drought.
- Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) – provides emergency relief for losses due to feed or water shortages, disease, adverse weather, or other conditions, which are not adequately addressed by other disaster programs.
- Emergency Loan Program – available to producers with agriculture operations located in a county under a primary or contiguous Secretarial Disaster designation. These low interest loans help producers recover from production and physical losses.
- Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) – provides emergency funding for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate land severely damaged by natural disasters and to implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.
More Drought Information
- Drought Basics -- Information from NIDIS on understanding what causes drought, different types and scales of drought, and the many ways drought impacts can be seen on the ground.
- Revisit the California Hub's fact sheet series on the 2012-2016 drought and its impacts on forestlands, rangelands, crops, and other ecosystems.