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Dry Water Year 2014 Ends Tomorrow
SACRAMENTO – Water Year 2014, ending tomorrow, is going into the record books as one of California’s driest ever with no promise that the new water year beginning Wednesday will be any wetter. As the calendar turns after three years of drought, reservoirs are low, vast tracts of farmland lie fallow and some communities are scrambling for drinking water. In January, normally California’s wettest month, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a drought emergency and followed up with statewide water conservation goals. On September 19, the Governor streamlined the delivery of water to families in dire need. (09/29/2014)
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Opens Comment Period on Funding Recommendations for Proposed Projects to Alleviate Drought Impacts
SACRAMENTO - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced its recommendations to award $200 million in grants to 23 Integrated Regional Water Management Groups (RWMGs) for at least 110 projects and programs that will help alleviate drought conditions and improve regional drought preparedness. DWR recommends fully funding 18 RWMG proposals and partially funding five. (09/23/2014)
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DWR Announces Temporary Road Closure near Oroville
SACRAMENTO – A public safety project to improve water access in the Lake Oroville Recreation Area is under way, resulting in a temporary closure on Burma Road. The Department of Water Resources is aiming to reduce hazards associated with launching kayaks, canoes, and other car-top vessels from the steep, eroded bank.
Burma Road, east of Cherokee Road near Oroville will be closed to the public from Monday, September 15 through Friday, September 19. (09/12/2014)
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DWR Announces ‘Catch A Special Thrill’ for Kids Event at Silverwood Lake
SACRAMENTO – A special day of outdoor recreation and fishing for disabled and disadvantaged children will be held at Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County on Saturday, September 13 under the sponsorship of the Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation. (09/11/2014)
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Conservation, Industry Leaders Team Up to Restore Groundwater In California’s Central Valley
FRESNO – With California experiencing one of its worst droughts on record – and as more Central Valley farms and communities turn to shrinking groundwater supplies to get by – an uncommon alliance of public, private and nonprofit leaders is offering some relief for dry years ahead. The California Department of Water Resources, Laguna Irrigation District, Kings Basin Water Authority, Coca-Cola and Sustainable Conservation are launching an effort in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley to recharge dwindling groundwater reserves using floodwater when precipitation returns to the Golden State. (09/08/2014)
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Lead Agencies to Publish Partially Recirculated Draft BDCP, EIR/EIS, and Implementing Agreement
The Department of Water Resources and the other state and federal agencies leading the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will publish a Recirculated Draft BDCP, Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), and Implementing Agreement (IA) in early 2015. (08/27/2014)
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Landscaper Workshops Scheduled in Truckee: ‘Get Ahead or Get Parched: 6 Ways To Survive the Drought’
SACRAMENTO – A workshop for professional landscapers has been scheduled in Truckee, CA to help them efficiently manage water during the ongoing drought. Landscape watering is a prime conservation opportunity, since improperly managed outdoor watering can be exceptionally wasteful.
The Truckee workshop (in English only) will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, September 5 at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District (PUD) building, 11570 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. (08/25/2014)
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DWR Highlights New Photo Library
SACRAMENTO – As California’s drought continues to focus media and public attention on the state, the Department of Water Resources is launching a new and improved online photo library. The self-service website allows users to download photos in a variety of formats and resolutions free of charge. The site replaces the older, static photo library that was accessible from the DWR home page. (08/07/2014)
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Landscaper Workshops Scheduled in Arcadia, Irvine: ‘6 Ways To Survive the Drought’
SACRAMENTO – Two more workshops for professional landscapers have been scheduled in Southern California to help them efficiently manage water during the ongoing drought. Landscape watering is a prime conservation opportunity, since improperly managed outdoor watering can be exceptionally wasteful. The Arcadia workshop will be offered in English from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29 at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia. The Irvine workshop is scheduled for Thursday, July 31 in the Irvine Civil Center Council Chamber, 1 Civic Center Plaza in Irvine. Registration has been closed for the morning English session due to high demand. The session in Spanish will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. (07/21/2014)
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LADY GAGA JOINS SAVE OUR WATER EFFORT WITH PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Sacramento, CA – In partnership with the State of California’s drought awareness program Save Our Water, international pop superstar and five-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga has released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) asking Californians to join the effort and take extraordinary measures to save water during the drought. The PSA is available on SaveOurWater.com, a new site designed to help Californians find ways to conserve at home and at work every day. (07/16/2014)
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CALIFORNIANS ENCOURAGED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SAVING WATER AT STATE FAIR
Sacramento, CA – As the California State Fair kicks off today, Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) – is encouraging Californians to visit its displays featuring easy ways to save water inside and outside the home. Staff from DWR will be on hand to help attendees identify opportunities to conserve. Save Our Water displays have been popular at the State Fair for the last several years, but the extraordinary drought has brought water conservation to the top of mind for many Californians. (07/11/2014)
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Landscaper Workshops Scheduled in Riverside, San Diego
SACRAMENTO – With communities throughout California experiencing drought categorized from severe to exceptional, water conservation has become critical everywhere in the state. Landscape watering is a prime conservation opportunity, since improperly managed outdoor watering can be exceptionally wasteful. (07/08/2014)
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Fourth of July Fireworks to Light Up Lake Oroville
SACRAMENTO – Oroville Dam in Butte County will be the site of a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display presented by community organizations in cooperation with the Department of Water Resources. Fireworks will begin lighting up the sky over Lake Oroville at 9:30 p.m. (07/02/2014)
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2014 Bay-Delta Science Conference
The Bay-Delta Science Conference will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center on October 28 to 30, 2014. (06/30/2014)
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Save Our Water Launches Don't Waste Summer Campaign
As a drought-stricken California moves further into a hot summer, Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies(ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources(DWR) – is launching Don't Waste Summer, a campaign devoted to providing daily tips and news on the new campaign microsite – SaveOurWater.com – to help Californians find ways to conserve at home and at work every day. (06/23/2014)
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DWR Releases 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources has announced the release of the Draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package for the 2014 Water-Energy grant program. Total funding for the program is $19 million. The Water-Energy Program was established on March 1, 2014 when the Governor approved the appropriation of funds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. (06/18/2014)
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Drought’s Impact Felt at Castaic Lake as Drawdown Affects Boating Recreation
SACRAMENTO – The water level in Castaic Lake in northern Los Angeles County continues to fall during California’s drought and is now too low for boaters to use the lake’s west boat ramp. The lake provides recreational activities for Southern California and, as a key component of the State Water Project (SWP), serves as a reservoir for water that’s distributed to nearby local communities. (06/11/2014)
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Landscapers To Learn Drought Survival in Fresno, Walnut Creek; Get Ahead or Get Parched: Six Ways
SACRAMENTO – As California’s drought heads into the hottest and driest months of water year 2014, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) at UC Davis are inviting professional landscapers to attend workshops in Fresno and Walnut Creek on how to reduce water use through improved system efficiency. English and Spanish workshops will be conducted in separate sessions and will feature indoor and outdoor demonstrations on understanding precipitation rates to reduce runoff; improving sprinkler distribution uniformity to reduce water use; improving controller programs during mandatory water restrictions; determining application rates and precipitation rates of drip/micro irrigation, understanding soils to reduce runoff or deep percolation and understanding water meters to improve irrigation efficiency. (06/10/2014)
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DWR Releases Final 2014 IRWM Program Guidelines and Drought Grant Proposal Solicitation Package
Sacramento -- The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today issued the final 2014 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Drought Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP). DWR is soliciting proposals for $200 million in Proposition 84 funds to support projects and programs to help alleviate drought conditions and improve regional drought preparedness. (06/02/2014)
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DWR Announces ‘Catch A Special Thrill’ for Kids Event at Brannan Island SRA
SACRAMENTO – Disabled and disadvantaged young persons will enjoy a day of Delta fishing and recreation on Saturday, May 31 under sponsorship of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and other agencies. Co-sponsored by the “Catch A Special Thrill” (C.A.S.T.) for Kids Foundation, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, 40 children will boat onto Delta waters for a morning of fishing with top local anglers after receiving their own fishing rods, reels and tackle boxes. A BBQ luncheon and awards ceremony will follow at Brannan Island State Recreation Area in Sacramento County. (05/29/2014)
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Californians Don't Waste Hits The Radio
Save Our Water this week is launching a new statewide radio campaign to bring awareness to, and educate, Californians on how to save water every day. The radio campaign builds on an extensive statewide outdoor billboard program unveiled by Save Our Water last week.
Listen to the radio ads here on our Vimeo channel! (05/06/2014)
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DWR Observes ‘Save Our Water’ Month
SACRAMENTO -- As drought-parched California moves into another long, hot summer, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and other agencies are observing May as “Save Our Water” month as proclaimed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. (05/05/2014)
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Year’s Final Snow Survey Comes up Dry
SACRAMENTO – Today’s final snow survey of the year found more bare ground than snow as California faces another long, hot summer after a near-record dry winter.
Today’s manual and electronic readings recorded the statewide snowpack’s water content – which normally provides about a third of the water for California’s farms and cities -- at a mere ­­18 percent of average for the date.
Just as telling was the April 1 survey that found water content at only 32 percent of average at the time of year it normally is at its peak before it begins to melt into streams and reservoirs with warming weather. (05/01/2014)
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SAVE OUR WATER LAUNCHES 'CALIFORNIANS DON'T WASTE' OUTDOOR ADVERTISEMENTS TO TACKLE DROUGHT
Sacramento, CA – Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) – is launching a statewide outdoor media campaign to bring awareness to and educate Californians on how to save water every day. In tackling the worst drought in a generation, the campaign captures Californians’ spirit of conservation delivering the message through simple, yet eye-catching billboards, which appeals to the Californian ethic – we are Californians and we don’t waste. (04/30/2014)
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DWR Releases Report on Groundwater Basins With Potential Shortages, Monitoring, Gaps
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a report on groundwater showing that throughout California groundwater resources are at historically low levels. Directed by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.’s emergency drought declaration in January, the report details basins with potential water shortages and gaps in groundwater monitoring. This report will form the basis for future actions to address current gaps in monitoring and oversight of groundwater resources. (04/30/2014)
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Season’s Final Snow Survey Scheduled Thursday
SACRAMENTO – Department of Water Resources snow surveyors Thursday will take the year’s final measurement of water content in the Sierra snowpack. Near-record low numbers are expected as California’s drought pushes through its third year.
The May 1 survey is taken after the snowpack – which normally peaks in early April -- has begun to melt into streams and reservoirs with warming spring weather. Statewide, the April 1 “peak” this year was a dismal 32 percent of average water content for the date. (04/28/2014)
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Workshops Scheduled To Assist Professional Landscapers Improve System Efficiency and Save Water
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) at UC Davis are sponsoring two workshops in communities facing water watering restrictions during the drought to assist landscape irrigation managers reduce water usage through improved system efficiency. Local agencies and vendors also are participating.
The first workshop will be held 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 25 at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 801 Grand Avenue in San Luis Obispo. The second workshop on May 9 will be held in the City of Santa Rosa’s Utilities Field Operations Training Center, 35 Stony Point Road. The English session will run from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by a Spanish session from noon to 3 p.m. (04/24/2014)
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Delta Barriers Avoided and Drought Relief Actions For Fish Fast-Tracked
SACRAMENTO – Rain and snow from February and March storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water contract allocations for State Water Project (SWP) deliveries from zero to five percent. Precipitation from these recent storms also eliminates the current need for rock barriers to be constructed in the Delta to prevent saltwater intrusion. Additional flexibility in salinity control requirements is being sought as an alternative to the Delta rock barriers that is less harmful for fish, wildlife, and other Delta water users. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) announced that it will fast-track actions to manage and reduce the drought’s impact on fish. (04/18/2014)
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State Prepares $200 Million for Local, Long-Term Drought Relief
SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today issued its draft proposal for the expenditure of $200 million in bond funds for projects and programs that help alleviate drought conditions and improve regional drought preparedness. To help relieve the effects of drought and to comply with direction from the Legislature, DWR has developed a streamlined, focused solicitation process and anticipates awarding grants by the fall of 2014 to local public agencies and non-profit organizations that are participating in California’s 48 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning efforts. (04/03/2014)
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Despite Storms, Snowpack Still Far Below Normal
SACRAMENTO – Department of Water Resources snow surveyors today found the Sierra snowpack boosted by late-season storms, but still far below normal as the spring melt fast approaches. Coupled with this winter’s scant rainfall, the meager snowpack -- containing only 32 percent of average water content for the date – promises a gloomy summer for California farms and many communities. (04/01/2014)
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April 1 Snow Survey Will Reveal Whether Recent Precipitation Has Reversed March's Steady Decline
SACRAMENTO – Department of Water Resources surveyors will head back up the mountain on Tuesday, April 1 for their monthly on-the-ground snow survey with an expectation of finding growth in the snowpack due to this week’s storms throughout much of California. However, the first significant precipitation in weeks likely will be too little and too late to have much impact on this year’s severe drought. Snowpack and rain measurements are so far below normal for this time of year that even sustained rainfall over the next several days, as is predicted, won’t end the drought. (03/27/2014)
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Court Ruling Not Expected to Delay BDCP
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) does not expect yesterday’s (March 13, 2014) California Court of Appeal decision to have any material impact on the schedule of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). (03/14/2014)
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Severity of Past Droughts Quantified by New Streamflow Reconstructions
SACRAMENTO – As part of ongoing work to improve California’s drought preparedness and better adapt to climate change, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a report examining tree-ring data to help better understand historic periods of drought. The report helps develop long-term reconstructions of streamflow or precipitation for the Klamath, Sacramento, and San Joaquin river basins. The report, prepared for DWR by researchers at the University of Arizona, is available at: http://www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/docs/tree_ring_report_for_web.pdf. Funding for part of the Klamath Basin work was provided by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation under its WaterSMART program. (03/10/2014)
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Controlling Your Controller
Frequently Asked Questions about Managing a Sprinkler System 1. I have an irrigation controller, but I am not certain where it is, so how would I locate it? Irrigation controllers are usually located in the garage or on an outside wall. They come in many shapes and sizes, but usually have a screen and a dial. If the controller is on an outside wall, it most likely will be inside a waterproof box. 2. I found my irrigation controller, but I am not certain how to turn it “off.” Where can I go for help? Identify the name and model. The Save Our H2O website has links to the manual page for the most common models of major manufacturers: http://www.saveourh2o.org/content/manuals-more. (03/06/2014)
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Rain Means No Need to Water Outdoors for Weeks
Sacramento, CA -- Recent rains across California are not enough to end the drought, but they are enough to eliminate the need to water landscaping for several weeks. Experts with the California Department of Water Resources, University of California Cooperative Extension and University of California, Davis, together urge all residents, business owners, and government agencies to shut off sprinkler and irrigation systems until soils dry again. Depending upon local conditions and near-term weather, irrigation may not be needed for a month or more. (03/06/2014)
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DWR, UC to Urge Californians to Halt Outdoor Watering After Rain
SACRAMENTO – At a home in the residential neighborhood of Curtis Park, officials with the California Department of Water Resources and the University of California will discuss how recent precipitation across much of California has eliminated the need for outdoor watering for at least a couple of weeks. A local resident will demonstrate how homeowners can shut off their sprinklers and conserve water outdoors. (03/05/2014)
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Snow Survey Finds Slightly Increased Water Content
SACRAMENTO – Storms are lightly blanketing the Sierra with fresh snow, but Department of Water Resources (DWR) snow surveyors today reported that snowpack water content remains far below what will be needed by cities and farms this summer. “We welcome the late storms but they are not enough to end the drought,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “We can’t control the weather but we can control the amount of water we use. This drought is a wake-up call that we all have to take water conservation seriously and make it a way of life.” (02/27/2014)
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Miner Slough Levee Repair Draft Initial Study & Mitigated Negative Declaration out for Public Review
DWR is proposing to repair the west bank of Miner Slough levee near the eastern edge of Prospect Island in Solano County. Repair work is expected to take place from August 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014. The project’s draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration are available for public review and comment from February 24, 2014 through March 26, 2014. See attachments for additional information. (02/25/2014)
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DWR’s Third Snow Survey of Winter Set for February 27
SACRAMENTO – Department of Water Resources surveyors hope to find a bit more snow when they go into the mountains Thursday to measure snowpack water content. But water managers say this week’s expected storms will do little more than dent California’s persistent drought conditions. “California is in the grip of a game-changing drought and we have no idea how long it will last,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “We already have been forced to set State Water Project allocations at zero, and we have nothing but more hard choices ahead until we see significant new amounts of rain and snow. One choice we all must make is to get serious about conserving water in our homes and places of work and make it a lifelong habit.” (02/24/2014)
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DWR Testing New Technology to Guide Fish to Safety
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is installing a floating, fish-guidance boom to prevent Chinook salmon migrating to the Pacific from taking a dangerous detour into Georgiana Slough near Walnut Grove. Placid appearing Georgiana Slough leads young salmon through the predator-infested waters of the interior Delta to a dead end at huge state and federal water export pumps. Studies indicate that 65 percent of the young salmon that enter Georgiana Slough don't survive. Many are eaten by striped bass or other predators, and some are lost to pumping operations of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project in the southern Delta. (02/21/2014)
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WORKSHOP SET ON REMOTE SENSING APPLICATIONS FOR WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND DROUGHT
SACRAMENTO – Quantifying drought impacts and managing California’s water resources during drought conditions using satellite remote sensing will be among the topics of a February 25-26 workshop sponsored by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Sacramento Convention Center workshop will begin at 1 p.m. on Feb. 25 and last until noon on Feb. 26. Further details are shown on the attached agenda. The workshop is free to attend and is open to the public. (02/21/2014)
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Steelhead Study Focuses on Old and Middle River Flows
DWR has released the report titled “Stipulation Study: Steelhead Movement and Survival in the South Delta with Adaptive Management of Old and Middle River Flows”. This report documents results and conclusions of the 2012 Stipulation Study. The overarching objectives for this study were to evaluate the effects of Old and Middle River (OMR) flows on steelhead survival, migration rate, and migration direction; estimate route selection under different OMR flow conditions; and provide steelhead tag detection data that could be used to adaptively manage OMR flows. The full report is available here: (02/18/2014)
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Report Updates Water Conditions
Check out updated Water Conditions in Bulletin 120. This is a publication issued four times a year, in the second week of February, March, April, and May by the California Department of Water Resources. It contains forecasts of the volume of seasonal runoff from the state's major watersheds, and summaries of precipitation, snowpack, reservoir storage, and runoff in various regions of the State. The forecast is posted on the California Cooperative Snow Surveys website. (02/14/2014)
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State, Federal Water Projects Seek More Efficient Drought Deliveries
SACRAMENTO -- In an effort to help alleviate Central Valley water shortages due to extreme drought conditions, today the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation together filed a petition with the State Water Resources Control Board to be able to exchange water within the areas served by the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project. If granted by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), the temporary change petition would allow the State Water Project (SWP) to deliver water to areas typically served by the federal Central Valley Project (CVP) and vice versa. (02/13/2014)
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DWR Announces $152.9 Million in Grants to Stretch Water Supplies
SACRAMENTO – As the state faces one of the driest years on record, the California Department of Water Resources announced today the award of nearly $153 million to 138 separate integrated regional water management projects around the state, many of which will provide long-term drought relief by expanding water conservation and water recycling. Approved by voters in 2006, Proposition 84 made $1 billion in grants available for local and regional water projects. The awards announced today involve $131.1 million in Proposition 84 funds that already have been appropriated. The department also tentatively awarded an additional $21.8 million, subject to future appropriation by the Legislature. (02/12/2014)
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DWR Director Welcomes Coordinated Federal Drought Aid
SACRAMENTO – California Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin on Wednesday welcomed an “all-in” federal effort to help California cope with extreme drought. “The effects of this widespread drought are clearly beyond the control of local personnel, services, and facilities in nearly every corner of California,” said Director Cowin. “It will require the combined efforts of all of our agencies to address the public health, economic, and environmental ramifications of this drought.” (02/05/2014)
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DWR Drops State Water Project Allocation to Zero, Seeks to Preserve Remaining Supplies
SACRAMENTO – To protect Californians’ health and safety from more severe water shortages in the months ahead, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today took actions to conserve the state’s precious resources. As a result, everyone – farmers, fish, and people in our cities and towns – will get less water. DWR’s actions are in direct response to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s drought State of Emergency. In the declaration, the Governor directed DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to act to modify requirements that hinder conservation of currently stored water and allow flexibility within the state’s water system to maintain operations and meet environmental needs. (01/31/2014)
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Snow Surveyors Find Sparse Snowpack Drought Retains Grip on California
SACRAMENTO -- Freshly fallen snow from late-arriving storms brightened the scenery but did not end California’s drought. The winter’s second snow survey today found far too little water in the still scant snowpack. “This winter remains dry, making it very unlikely our record drought will be broken this year,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “Now more than ever, we all need to save every drop we can in our homes and places of work.” Manual and electronic readings today record the snowpack’s statewide water content at only 12 percent of average for this time of year. That is a mere 7 percent of the average April 1 measurement when the snowpack normally is at its peak before melting into streams and reservoirs to provide about a third of the water used by California’s cities and farms. (01/30/2014)
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DWR’s Second Snow Survey of Winter Set for January 30
SACRAMENTO – As winter slips away, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) expects to find far less snow that normal for the date when it conducts its second snow survey of the winter on Thursday. California’s stubborn drought, pushing into its third year, has left the Sierra largely bare of snow and the state’s reservoirs low. Storms finally breaking through a coastal high pressure ridge largely blamed for dry conditions are expected to bring some snow to higher elevations before Thursday’s snow survey, but not enough to dent the drought. Still, conditions may be better than on January 3 when the first survey of the season found more bare ground than snow. (01/28/2014)
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DWR Dutch Slough Restoration Project Report Available for Public Comment
SACRAMENTO – As California focuses in on the Delta and its waterways, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR.) The report is available online for a 45-day comment period which ends on Friday March 7, 2014. The SEIR covers design details that have been refined since the Project’s EIR was finalized in 2010. “Not only is the Dutch Slough Restoration Project truly comprehensive in its scope, but it is identified as an early action project in the 2009 water legislation package,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “One of the primary goals directed by the water package’s new policy is to restore the Delta, and this project shows that new policy in action.” (01/24/2014)
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DWR Files Final Applications for Conduit Exemptions and Non-Capacity License Amendment
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has filed the final applications for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval to convert the regulatory authorization for the 17 megawatt (MW) Alamo Powerplant (APP) and the 32.4 MW Mojave Siphon Powerplant (MSPP), both part of the East Branch of the California State Water Project, to conduit exemptions. This action will not involve any new construction or changes in the operation of the existing generating facilities. (01/15/2014)
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First Snow Survey of 2014 Shows Dry Conditions
As California’s dry weather pushes into the new year, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced that its first snow survey of the winter found more bare ground than snow. (01/03/2014)
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