The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s
water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance
the natural and human environments.

Wet January Leads to Better Snowpack
DWR’s media-oriented snow survey on February 2 confirmed what Californians already knew: It rained and snowed a lot more this January than last. The water content at the Phillips snow survey course in the Sierra Nevada was measured today at 25.4 inches, 130 percent of normal for the early-February survey. The state’s reservoirs also reflect the improved precipitation this year. Lake Oroville has risen more than 70 feet in the last month, but it is only at 44 percent of its capacity. The drought is not over, and water conservation is still the norm. News Release Video

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