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DWR Has Trained More Than 2,500 Flood FIghters
The Department of Water Resources has now trained more than 2,500 persons in flood fight techniques in preparation for possible winter floods. (12/23/1997)
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California's Flood-Damaged Levees Repaired
Working non-stop since the first of January, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has restored the levees damaged in the January 1997 storms. (12/02/1997)
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A Wet Year Ends, Another May Be On the Way
Water experts at the California Department of Water Resources have closed the books on the 1996-97 "water year", officially labelling it a wet one--the third in a row. (10/06/1997)
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Levee Repairs Update
Flood control officials are working to complete repairs -- before the next rainy season begins -- to levees damaged from the January 1997 storms. (09/12/1997)
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California Aqueduct Water Flow Resumes
Water flows resumed today in a portion of the California Aqueduct in the San Joaquin Valley one week after flows were interrupted to repair a leak at mile 55 of the 444-mile-long aqueduct and to facilitate repair of a slipout at mile 62.3. (08/15/1997)
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Aqueduct Repair Work Begins
Environmental approval was granted today and work began on a temporary repair of a slipout at mile 62.3 of the California Aqueduct. (08/12/1997)
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California Aqueduct near Santa Nella damaged by a slipout.
A portion of the California Aqueduct was damaged by a slipout near Santa Nella. (08/10/1997)
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State Water Project lakes provide a whole year's worth of recreation
Now that it's summer, most people are done planning their trips to "get away from it all." (07/25/1997)
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Completion of water project brings water to both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara
On July 18, nearly 300 state and local leaders gathered at Santa Ynez to mark the completion of the water project which brings State water to both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. (07/18/1997)
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DWR Water Purchase Program To Consider Reservoir Water Sources Only
State water officials today announced that they plan to withdraw the groundwater component of a proposed water purchase project and that additional workshops are scheduled in July to receive more public input. (06/25/1997)
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A major, free fireworks display the night of July 4 will illuminate Lake Oroville.
Almost 30 minutes of fireworks will light up the sky over the huge State Water Project reservoir near Oroville in Butte County, starting at 9:30 p.m. (06/23/1997)
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Deadline extended for public comment on environmental impact for the State Water Project
The deadline for public comment on the draft environmental impact report for the State Water Project Supplemental Water Purchase Program has been extended to July 30, 1997, the Department of Water Resources announced today. (05/28/1997)
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Get Hooked On Fishing at Bethany Reservoir
There will be a free fishing clinic at Bethany Reservoir near Tracy on Saturday, June 7, open to people of all ages. (05/27/1997)
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Grant Line Canal Boating Access
Delta Boaters may use Grant Line Canal through the Memorial Day weekend, despite work to install a temporary rock barrier near Tracy boulevard. Boat portage facilities will be available after the barrier is fully installed. (05/23/1997)
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Boating recreation opportunities at Lake Oroville continue to improve
Boating recreation opportunities at Lake Oroville continue to improve as storm debris is removed from most parts of the lake. (05/23/1997)
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Water supplies are expected to be adequate in most areas
It's been a roller-coaster year for the water supply forecasters at the California Department of Water Resources, but water supplies are still expected to be adequate in most areas. (05/22/1997)
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California observes Water Awareness Month during May
During May, the California Department of Water Resources will host or take part in a series of special Water Awareness Month events dramatizing a variety of water uses in California. (05/01/1997)
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Outdoor events at Lake Oroville on May 9 and 10
Oroville community leaders and State officials are inviting the public to attend special events on May 9 and 10, drawing attention to outdoor recreation opportunities at Lake Oroville. (05/01/1997)
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DWR's Edmonston Pumping Plant will be the scene of "Hooked On Fishing,"
About 150 grade school youngsters from Bakersfield will enjoy a special fishing event on Thursday, May 8, courtesy of the Department of Water Resources. (04/30/1997)
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Last section of pipe for the Coastal Branch set in place
The last section of pipe for the Coastal Branch was set in place on Monday, April 28. (04/29/1997)
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Flood Debris Removal Continues at Lake Oroville
Work continued to clear a record amount of storm debris from the surface of Lake Oroville. (04/29/1997)
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State Water Project deliveries to southern California will continue to flow
Completion of the new intake structure at Silverwood Lake helps ensure that State Water Project deliveries to southern Caliofnria will continue to flow with as few interruptions as possible -- even if an earthquake strikes. (04/23/1997)
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Aqueduct Bike Ride Scheduled for May 17
Bicyclists are invited to take part in a special ride along the California aqueduct in the Antelope Valley area on Saturday, May 17. (04/21/1997)
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Public Comment Period Extended
The deadline for public comment has been extended for the draft envirionmental impact report for the State Water Project Supplemental Water Purchase Program. The new deadline is now May 30, 1997. (04/16/1997)
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Boating Resumes Soon at Silverwood Lake
Boating resumes on April 12 at Silverwood Lake, a State Water Project lake in northern San Bernardino County. (04/15/1997)
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Flood Control Operation at Oroville Dam
In April, DWR Director David Kennedy sent a letter describing flood control operations at Oroville Dam during January, 1997. (04/02/1997)
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Next Sierrra Snow Survey is This Thursday, March 27
The next DWR snow survey will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27, at the DWR snow survey site off Highway 50 near Echo Summit. (03/26/1997)
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DWR Reports Progress on Pump Out Program
State water officials today reported that a high priority pump out program has removed floodwater from about 60 percent of agricultural property inundated in six counties by the January floods. (03/14/1997)
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Sierra Snow Survey is This Thursday, February 27
The next Department of Water Resources Sierra Snow Survey trip is scheduled for Thursday, February 27. (02/25/1997)
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State Water Project to Deliver 100 Percent of Requests
The Department of Water Resources announces that it plans to deliver 100 percent of the water requested for 1997 by its 29 long-term water supply contractors. (02/14/1997)
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DWR Closes Areas in Lake Oroville for Debris Removal
The Department of Water Resources announces that portions of Lake Oroville will remain closed to the public for their own safety and to facilitiate the Department's flood debris removal activities. (02/03/1997)
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DWR Posts Current Water Conditions On-Line Page
To help the news media access flood-related information more quickly and easily, the Department of Water Resources is making available a newly revised on-line Water Conditions page on DWR's World Wide Web site. (01/24/1997)
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Delta Water Quality Update
As California copes with its largest flood event in a decade, the quality of drinking water supplies from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta continues to be high, according to state water and health officials. (01/09/1997)
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Residents Advised to be Prepared for Continued Flooding
The Department of Water Resources has advised the Governor's Office of Emergency Services that major water releases from the Oroville reservoir could cause serious flooding along the Feather and upper Sacramento Rivers. (01/01/1997)
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