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.

Will El Niño Help California’s Reservoirs?
Movie audiences once flocked to sci-fi thrillers like The Thing and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Today, Californians are anticipating a real-life drama: Will El Niño Make It Rain? Scientists say there’s a 90-percent chance of a strong one forming in the Pacific this winter, but will rain fill Northern California reservoirs? State Climatologist Mike Anderson says this drama’s ending is still unwritten: “Unfortunately, even a strong El Niño doesn’t correlate to a particular outcome for California.” If this El Niño is a dud, California’s next spooky thriller may be just ahead: A Fifth Year of Drought! Photos of the State Water Project’s Lake Oroville and the Central Valley Project’s Folsom and Shasta lakes taken on July 20, 2015. Aerials video

DWR Photography - Paul Hames | Spotlight Archive

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