The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is taking the lead in implementing “one of the most complex endangered species permits in California history,” according to a statement.

Following the federal government’s new environmental plan for the Central Valley Project earlier this year, the state went its own way with the State Water Project. But now DWR is working with those federal agencies to protect endangered fish species through a slightly more protective plan for operating the State Water Project.

With a new permit in hand, DWR reports it is taking the first steps to work in close collaboration with water contractors, many of which represent irrigation districts. To build more trust along those lines, the department has launched a new website "for increased communication and transparency.”