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NOTE: This information may have been superseded by later news releases. These items are listed here for archive purposes, only.

Funding for Water Use Efficiency Projects
DWR announces the release of the 2004 Water Use Efficiency Draft Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP). Public comment due by January 23, 2004. (12/12/2003)
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Groundwater Grants/Loans
DWR announces that application packages for grants and loans for the Local Groundwater Assistance Program are now available. (12/04/2003)
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2004 Water Allocation
DWR today announced the initial allocation for water delivery to the State Water Project Contractors. (12/01/2003)
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Farm Water Computer Models
DWR and the University of California at Davis have developed two state-of-the-art computer models for estimating California agricultural water demand--available free. (11/14/2003)
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Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Project
State and local agencies this month completed the purchase of 1,166 acres in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, paving the way for the largest scale wetlands restoration effort in the region. (11/07/2003)
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Grant Application Rankings
DWR will hold a public Conjunctive Use Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, November 3, 2003 in Sacramento. (10/23/2003)
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Water Desalination Findings and Recommendations
DWR is distributing key findings and recommendations based on input and advice from the Water Desalination Task Force. (10/23/2003)
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"Show Me the Water" Guidebook Issued
DWR has issued a guidebook for Senate Bill 610 and Senate Bill 221 to assist water suppliers, cities, and counties in integrating water and land use planning. (10/17/2003)
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Climate Change and California Water Resources Briefing
DWR will be taking part in a one-day briefing on "Climate Change and California Water Resources" on November 6, 2003 in Sacramento, presented by the Water Education Foundation. (10/16/2003)
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Dam Levels Cut
For safety, DWR today ordered California American Water to lower water levels at San Clemente Dam. (10/09/2003)
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Groundwater Report Update Released
DWR has announced the release of the long-awaited "California's Groundwater, Bulletin 118 - Update 2003. (10/09/2003)
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Millerton Lake Event for Disabled Children
DWR personnel will participate in "Catch a Special Thrill for Kids" at the Millerton Lake Recreation Area near Fresno on Saturday, October 4, 2003. (09/16/2003)
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Salmon Festival
Water Resources Scientists offer environmental expertise at American River Salmon Festival on October 11-12. (09/12/2003)
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Salton Sea Restoration
Legislation to implement the Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement and to commit the State of California to Salton Sea restoration has been signed by the Governor. See Salton Sea photographs. (09/05/2003)
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Sacramento Valley Water Management Program
DWR and USBR are seeking public input (by September 5, 2003) to prepare programmatic Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report. (08/06/2003)
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Draft EIR/EIS for Comment
State and Federal agencies release Draft EIR/EIS on the Environmental Water Account. (07/14/2003)
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Northern California Extended Review Forum
A briefing regarding the California Water Plan Update 2003 is scheduled for July 10th. (07/07/2003)
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Grant Awards
DWR announces the award of grants under the Local Groundwater Assistance Fund (AB 303). (07/01/2003)
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Free Fireworks Display
A Fourth of July tradition continues at Lake Oroville this year with a half-hour fireworks show at no cost to the public. (06/25/2003)
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Lakes and Reservoirs Draw Appreciation
California recognizes the vital importance of lakes and reservoirs by celebrating the first week of July as Lake and Reservoir Appreciation Week. (06/25/2003)
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Grant Applications Received
DWR announces that 43 applications have been received for the Proposition 13 Groundwater Recharge and Storage Construction Programs. (06/17/2003)
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Report on Floods in California
DWR announces new recommendations to reduce flood damage, preserve agriculture and restore the environment. (06/11/2003)
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Lake Oroville Almost Full
Lake Oroville is predicted to be full sometime between Memorial Day weekend and the first week of June. (05/23/2003)
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Public Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Action
DWR proposes to adopt regulations establishing procedures for selection of private architects, landscape architectural services, engineers, environmental services, land surveyors and construction project management firms. (05/16/2003)
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DWR Boosts Water Deliveries
DWR announced today that most State Water Project Contractors would receive 90 percent of their requested deliveries. (05/16/2003)
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May is Water Awareness Month
DWR plans special events and outreach during the traditional May observance of Water Awareness Month. (05/07/2003)
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Funding Recommendations
DWR announces its final funding recommendations for the 2003 Proposition 13 Urban Water Conservation Program Grant Application Package. (05/06/2003)
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California Water Commission
The California Water Commission announces the Agenda for their May 9 meeting in Sacramento to consider approval of regulations. (05/02/2003)
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DWR Offers Free Bus Tours to Oroville Dam
As part of Oroville's Feather Fiesta Days celebration, the Department of Water Resources will offer free bus tours to Oroville Dam on Saturday, May 10. (04/25/2003)
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Great Map Giveaway
DWR is closing its map library due to decreased demand for maps and the high costs of paper maps. The existing inventory will be given away at no charge on April 25 and 26. (04/18/2003)
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Grant Applications
Final applications for grants and loans for the Groundwater Recharge and Groundwater Storage Construction Programs are now available for review, and workshops have been scheduled. (04/04/2003)
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AB 303 Grant Award Recommendations
The Technical Advisory Panel on Assembly Bill 303 will hold a public meeting on April 2, 2003. AB 303 requires that grants under the Local Groundwater Management Assistance program be based on recommendations of a Technical Advisory Panel. (03/24/2003)
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DWR Security Update
DWR is significantly more secure and vigilant than it was prior to September 11, 2001. (03/21/2003)
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2003 Article 21 Water Program Announced
DWR has announced that it will administer an Article 21 Water Program in 2003. The program is available to those SWP contractors who have signed the Monterey Amendment. (03/21/2003)
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Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement
After collaspe of the QSA negotiations in 2002, the Governor convened months of closed-door meetings among the State negotiating team and representatives from four Southern California water agencies to reach a proposed QSA package that was presented to the Department of the Interior. (03/17/2003)
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Public Workshop and Draft Funding Recommendations
The Department of Water Resources announces draft funding recommendations for the 2003 Proposition 13 Urban Water Conservation Grant Program. A Public Workshop will be held April 3, 2003 in Sacramento. (03/12/2003)
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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Action
DWR proposes to adopt as permanent regulations the emergency regulations that establish procedures for public participation in the determination of a revenue requirement and standards for whether the revenue requirement is just and reasonable. (03/07/2003)
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Litigation Settlement Agreement
The settlement agreement negotiated in response to a lawsuit filed in 1996 challenging the Monterey Amendment (Planning and Conservation League v. Department of Water Resources and Central Coast Water Authority) is available for review. (02/27/2003)
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Scoping Period Extension For New EIR
DWR recently published a Notice of Preparation for a new Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Monterey Amendments to the State Water Project contracts and a potential settlement agreement of the lawsuit filed in 1995 against the Department of Water Resources (Planning and Conservation League v. Department of Water Resources). DWR is extending the comment period for the scoping period to March 28. (02/27/2003)
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Loans/Grants Public Workshop
DWR announces that the Conjunctive Use Advisory Committee will meet on February 24, 2003, and conduct an educational public workshop on groundwater loans and grant applications. (02/20/2003)
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Public Workshop
The 2002 Recycled Water Task Force is organizing a public Workshop with the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water in conjunction with the WateReuse Association-California Section Annual Conference, February 26, 2003 in San Francisco. (02/18/2003)
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Water Plan Meeting
California Water Plan - Update 2003 announces their February 21, 2003 Advisory Committee meeting in Sacramento. (02/13/2003)
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Possible Dramatic Fluctuations in Feather River Flows Anticipated
A warning is being issued by the Department of Water Resources of concern to anglers and others who may be affected by sudden increases or decreases in Feather River flows downstream of the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet near Oroville. (02/06/2003)
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Loans Available for Water Supply Studies & Projects
The Department of Water Resources has announced a loan program that provides construction and feasibility study loans to local public agencies for the development of local water supplies. (02/06/2003)
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Drought Preparedness Workshop
The Department of Water Resources and the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency are holding a public workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on February 11, 2003 in Banning. (02/04/2003)
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Energy News
DWR files lawsuit against Allegheny Energy Supply Company. (01/31/2003)
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Where is California Taking Water Transfers?
An editorial (01/31/2003)
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New Web Site
The Division of Operations and Maintenance announces its new web site. (01/30/2003)
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Public Meeting
A public meeting has been scheduled for February 10th in Oroville to discuss the shared use of Lake Oroville recreational trails. (01/29/2003)
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DWR Releases Groundwater Loans and Grants Applications
Draft applications for loans and grants for the Proposition 13 Groundwater Recharge and Groundwater Storage Construction programs are now available for review. (01/27/2003)
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Notice Of Preparation For New EIR
DWR is publishing the Notice of Preparation for a new Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The new EIR is for the Monterey Amendments to the State Water Project contracts and a potential settlement agreement of the lawsuit filed in 1995 against the Department of Water Resources (Planning and Conservation League v. Department of Water Resources, i.e. the Monterey Agreement litigation). (01/24/2003)
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2003 SWP Allocation Increase
DWR has increased the 2003 allocation of long-term contractors’ Table A water to 1.86 million acre feet, or about 45 percent of their Table A amounts. (01/17/2003)
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Task Force Meeting
The 2002 Recycled Water Task Force announces its Sixth Meeting to be held on January 10, 2003 at the Cal/EPA Building, 2nd Floor, Coastal Hearing Room, 1001 I Street, Sacramento (01/02/2003)
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New Web Site for OWE
The Office of Water Education announces their new web site. (01/02/2003)
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