Congressman Ami Bera

Representing the 7th District of California
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Drought Relief Resources

Rep. Bera toured Folsom lake to assess the drought’s impact on Sacramento County.
Rep. Bera toured Folsom lake to assess the drought’s impact on Sacramento County.

California’s historic drought is hurting many Sacramento County families, small businesses, and farmers.  In Congress, I’m continuing to look for solutions at the federal level to find a long-term, comprehensive plan for securing water access and storage that adds to our water supply rather than taking from it. I recently voted for both drought relief assistance for Californians, and funding to continue upgrades at Folsom Dam that will allow for more water storage in our region. Please use this page to help you and your family as we work to get past the drought crisis.

If your farm or business is being impacted by the drought, my office may also be able to connect you with federal resources available to help you.  Please note that some of these assistance programs have deadlines to apply and it’s important for you to review all of the information carefully.  For assistance, please visit the Get Help section of my website or call us at (916) 635 0505 – my staff is ready to help you navigate all of this if you need help.



Help for residents

If your household is having a tough time with the drought, Sacramento County's various water agencies may be able to help you. 

For example, many residents are eligible to receive rebates for water efficient appliances, such as washing machines and toilets, and for following other conservation best practices.  In addition, your local water supplier may be able to provide your home or business with a free audit that can help you figure out ways to save water and money.

You can click here to learn which water provider serves your home or business.

For additional information, please visit the rebates section of Be Water Smart, a website sponsored by water agencies in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties, and the City of West Sacramento.

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Help for farmers

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering a variety of initiatives to help local farmers during this difficult time.  USDA recently announced they will provide up to $100 million in livestock disaster aid and an additional $10 million to help farmers improve water conservation.  They can also help you repair drought damage to farm lands, control soil erosion, improve irrigation systems, and more.  Here are some of the resources available from the USDA that may help you and your farm:

Elk Grove FSA Office
9701 Dino Drive Suite 170
Elk Grove, CA.  95624
916-714-1104 ext 2

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Help for small businesses

I know many Sacramento County businesses are being impacted by this devastating drought, some of which chose to locate in our area because of the clean and abundant water supply.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers programs that may be able to help local small business owners and non-agriculture businesses that are being hurt by the drought.

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Water conservation information and tips

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency in California in January and is asking residents to reduce their water usage by 20 percent. Visit the web pages below for ways you can help conserve water.

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