The California Department of Water Resources has announced nearly $153 million in grants to regional water projects around the state.
The Department says 138 projects will share the money, and many of them will provide drought relief through expanded conservation and water recycling.
The money comes from a bond measure approved by voters in 2006. One of the projects includes a pipeline to provide recycled water to customers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Legislation introduced in the California state Assembly would create the Lower American River Conservancy to improve, protect, preserve and possibly expand the 5,000-acre American River Parkway.
January brought above-average rainfall and snow to much of California, partly due to El Niño. But forecasters say the ocean warming condition is "taking a break" for the next week or longer.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says, other than a slight reduction in exceptional drought in the northern Sierra, it needs more time to assess impacts of the recent moisture on California's long-term drought.
California regulators have made modest adjustments to water conservation requirements for cities.
The second measurement this winter of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was 130 percent of average. State water officials say the snowpack will help reservoir recovery.