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pressrelease California Snowpack Holds More Water than Last Year
SACRAMENTO – Results of the winter’s second media-oriented manual snow survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) confirmed what Californians have been saying for weeks: It’s raining and snowing much more this winter than last. (02/02/2016)
pressrelease California Water Commission Begins Formal Rulemaking Process
SACRAMENTO – The California Water Commission today began the formal rulemaking process with the Office of Administrative Law for the first draft regulations for the Water Storage Investment Program. Today also begins a 45- day comment period on the draft regulations, with written public comments accepted through March 14, 2016. (01/29/2016)
pressrelease Statement of DWR Director on Water Rights Petition
Statement from Department of Water Resources Director Mark W. Cowin on the State Water Resources Control Board pre-hearing conference today on the DWR and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation petition requesting changes in water rights for the California WaterFix: (01/28/2016)
pressrelease State Water Project Allocation Boosted
SACRAMENTO – With winter storms slowly boosting water supply, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its water delivery estimate for most recipients from 10 percent of requests for the calendar year, as announced in December, to 15 percent. (01/26/2016)
DWR news release DWR Sets Media Snow Survey on February 2
SACRAMENTO – The second media-oriented snow survey of the winter will be conducted by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Tuesday, February 2 at Phillips Station off Highway 50 near Sierra-at-Tahoe Road approximately 90 miles east of Sacramento (01/26/2016)
pressrelease DWR invests $681,739 in Bakersfield’s Water and Energy Savings Project
BAKERSFIELD -- The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today ceremoniously awarded the City of Bakersfield more than $600,000, using proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade program for combating climate change. The money will fund the installation of a state-of-art water and energy saving irrigation system across the city. (01/22/2016)
pressrelease 21 Groundwater Basins Identified as Critically Overdrafted
SACRAMENTO, CA – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has identified 21 groundwater basins and subbasins in which excessive groundwater pumping has resulted in significant overdraft. Overdraft impacts can include seawater intrusion and land subsidence, in addition to chronically lowered groundwater levels. As a result, those basins and subbasins fall under the earliest deadlines required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). (01/21/2016)
pressrelease Boat Ramps Reopening at Lake Oroville
SACRAMENTO – A California Department of Water Resources (DWR) project to extend the Bidwell Canyon stage three boat ramp more than 100 feet farther into Lake Oroville was completed in January. After allowing for concrete curing time, State Parks’ crews opened the three-lane concrete boat ramp to the public on Monday, January 18. (01/20/2016)

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