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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)
2016 Annual IEP Workshop
The Interagency Ecological Program will be holding the 2016 Annual IEP Workshop on April 20-22, 2016 at the Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom, CA. For registration and additional information on this workshop click the link below. (02/01/2016)
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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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
DWR Will Add Solar Facility to Its Power Inventory
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has executed agreements to purchase solar energy from a 9.5 Megawatt (MW) photovoltaic facility that will be built, owned and operated by SunPower Corporation on DWR’s property near its existing Pearblossom Pumping Plant in Los Angeles County. (01/14/2016)
DWR Redirects Fishing from Aqueduct Pool near Taft
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is repairing the lining and underlying embankment of the California Aqueduct near Taft in Kern County. Repairs on a leak in the lining began January 11 and are expected to be completed by mid-February. There will be no interruptions in deliveries to State Water Project water contractors; Southern California contractors will be supplied by DWR reservoirs south of the Tehachapi Mountains while repairs are underway. (01/13/2016)
DWR Announces $232 Million in Grants to Improve Water Management across California
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced approximately $232 million in grant funding of 26 proposals for Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) projects that will leverage hundreds of millions of additional local and federal dollars. (01/13/2016)
New Laws Bring Changes to Sustainable Groundwater Management Act; DWR Continues Outreach
SACRAMENTO –New amendments to the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) modify and clarify some of the rules that local agencies will need to address when forming a groundwater sustainability agency (GSA). The SGMA amendments also change the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) role in reviewing, posting, and tracking GSA formation notices. DWR is continuing its technical, financial and facilitation assistance to local agencies as they adapt to the changes. (01/12/2016)
Truckee River Operating Agreement Implementation resolves over a century of water rights conflict
SACRAMENTO –After more than a century of conflict, the troubled waters of the scenic Truckee River that have both united and divided California, Nevada, the federal government, tribal and other interests along its 145-mile course are now flowing toward a less controversial future. (01/05/2016)