Lake Oroville in July
Receding Lake Oroville in Northern California in 2021. Courtesy California Department of Water Resources

The Department of Water Resources launched a new website to help Californians easily access information on local and statewide water conditions — down to their own region and even neighborhood.

The California Water Watch site was introduced Friday as the state reported the driest January and February since weather records have been kept.

The website provides real-time information on precipitation, temperature, reservoirs, snowpack, groundwater, streamflow, soil moisture and vegetation conditions as well as forecasts.

Users can enter an address to see local conditions, including daily precipitation and temperature statistics.

“The variability of California’s climate and current water conditions we are experiencing now make this data more important than ever,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth, who added that the site will help both policymakers and the public “make better informed decisions about our limited water supply.”

The website was developed in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call for a California-centric version of the U.S. Drought Monitor website.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.