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pressrelease Officials Warn of Flash Flood Potential as Rainy Season Begins in California
Flood and fire officials from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), CAL FIRE and the National Weather Service (NWS) warn that weather and land conditions across California increase the potential for flash flooding during the rainy season now under way. Five years of drought conditions have exacerbated wildfires across the state. Rain is beginning to fall on fire burn scars, making these areas prone to sudden erosion along roads and through neighborhoods. (10/24/2016)
pressrelease California’s Potential for Flash Flooding Will Be Covered in DWR, CAL FIRE, NWS Briefing
State flood and fire officials, along with partners from the National Weather Service, will provide a briefing on current weather and land conditions as the rainy season begins and the potential for flooding increases. Officials will explain how the public can best prepare and will brief media on strategies under way by State and federal agencies to prepare for emergency flood response. There is heightened risk of flash flooding this year due to the effects of an ongoing drought and widespread fire across the state in the last couple of years. The combination of burn scars and heavy rainfall can lead to landslides and debris flows that may impact roadways and communities. (10/21/2016)
pressrelease DWR Releases Changes to State’s Groundwater Basin Boundaries
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released the final 2016 modifications to California’s groundwater basin boundaries, preparing the way for local agencies to bring their groundwater basins into balanced levels of pumping and recharge under the historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). DWR is scheduled to present the final basin boundaries to the California Water Commission at its meeting in Sacramento today. (10/18/2016)
pressrelease East Porterville Residents Urged To Attend October 5 Meeting On Water Connection Information
SACRAMENTO, CA – East Porterville homeowners eligible for a cost-free connection to a new sustainable water supply are urged to attend an informational community meeting on October 5 on the East Porterville Water Supply Project. The meeting will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Granite Hills High School Cafeteria, 1701 East Putnam Avenue, Porterville. Simultaneous interpreter services will be available for Spanish speakers. (10/04/2016)
pressrelease Water Year 2016 Ends, California Suffered ‘Snow Drought’
SACRAMENTO – California’s 2016 Water Year draws to a close tomorrow, ending a fifth consecutive year marked by meager precipitation that fell more often as rain than snow.
Record warm temperatures created an early and below-average runoff that was in large part absorbed by parched soil before ever reaching the State’s reservoirs. The water content of the California Sierra snowpack, often referred to as ‘the State’s largest reservoir,’ flows each spring into a series of above ground storage reservoirs that essentially serve as California’s water savings accounts in order to meet the growing demands of an uncertain climate future. (09/30/2016)

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