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news release Delta Barriers Avoided and Drought Relief Actions For Fish Fast-Tracked
SACRAMENTO – Rain and snow from February and March storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water contract allocations for State Water Project (SWP) deliveries from zero to five percent. Precipitation from these recent storms also eliminates the current need for rock barriers to be constructed in the Delta to prevent saltwater intrusion. Additional flexibility in salinity control requirements is being sought as an alternative to the Delta rock barriers that is less harmful for fish, wildlife, and other Delta water users. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) announced that it will fast-track actions to manage and reduce the drought’s impact on fish. (04/18/2014)
DWR news release State Prepares $200 Million for Local, Long-Term Drought Relief
SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today issued its draft proposal for the expenditure of $200 million in bond funds for projects and programs that help alleviate drought conditions and improve regional drought preparedness. To help relieve the effects of drought and to comply with direction from the Legislature, DWR has developed a streamlined, focused solicitation process and anticipates awarding grants by the fall of 2014 to local public agencies and non-profit organizations that are participating in California’s 48 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning efforts. (04/03/2014)
Snow Survey Despite Storms, Snowpack Still Far Below Normal
SACRAMENTO – Department of Water Resources snow surveyors today found the Sierra snowpack boosted by late-season storms, but still far below normal as the spring melt fast approaches. Coupled with this winter’s scant rainfall, the meager snowpack -- containing only 32 percent of average water content for the date – promises a gloomy summer for California farms and many communities. (04/01/2014)
DWR news release April 1 Snow Survey Will Reveal Whether Recent Precipitation Has Reversed March's Steady Decline
SACRAMENTO – Department of Water Resources surveyors will head back up the mountain on Tuesday, April 1 for their monthly on-the-ground snow survey with an expectation of finding growth in the snowpack due to this week’s storms throughout much of California. However, the first significant precipitation in weeks likely will be too little and too late to have much impact on this year’s severe drought. Snowpack and rain measurements are so far below normal for this time of year that even sustained rainfall over the next several days, as is predicted, won’t end the drought. (03/27/2014)

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