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NOTE: This information may have been superseded by later news releases. These items are listed here for archive purposes, only.

Emergency Restriction on Recreational Boating
The Department of Boating and Waterways has issued a full restriction on recreational boating in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta System, effective immediately through 12 noon, Tuesday, January 3, 2006. No recreational boating is permitted in the area bound by the City of Sacramento to the north, City of Pittsburg to the west and City of Tracy to the south. Due to high water levels, large floating debris may pose a risk of injury to boaters. Boat traffic also may cause wakes to overtop the levees. The Department advises law enforcement agencies to provide discretion to vessel operateros who have no other means of transportation. This order issued pursuant to subdivision (c) (1) of Section 660 of the Harbors and Navigation Code and in Title 14, California Code of Regulations Section 6698.1 et. seq. For additional information see the DBW website. (12/31/2005)
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Sacramento Weir Opened Early
The Department of Water Resources opened 20 gates of the Sacramento Weir on Saturday, December 31, at 8:30 a.m. Originally scheduled for 2 p.m., the gates were opened early due to heavy rains upstream and higher than expected flows. Depending upon weather and river conditions, additional gates may be opened later this weekend. The Sacramento Weir is a manually operated flood control structure four miles upstream of Sacramento’s Tower Bridge and about two miles north of the American River’s confluence of the Sacramento River. Under U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rules, the weir is opened after the Sacramento River hits the 27.5 foot stage at Sacramento’s I street Bridge with a forecast to continue rising. The weir consists of 48 gates which are removed manually to allow water to spill from the Sacramento River down the mile-long Sacramento Bypass in West Sacramento into the larger Yolo Bypass. (12/31/2005)
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Sacramento Weir Opening
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced it plans to open the Sacramento Weir about 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 31. News coverage is invited. A DWR flood management official will be on hand at the West Sacramento viewing point during the weir opening to provide commentary and perspective. The weir is located on Old River Road along the west levee (right bank) of the Sacramento River. From Interstate 80 take the Reed Avenue exit eastbound, and then turn left on Harbor Boulevard, which becomes Old River Road. The weir is about one mile upriver (generally north) from that point. Limited parking is available at the south levee turnout. The Sacramento Weir is a key structure protecting the City of Sacramento during high flows on the Sacramento River, diverting flows through the Sacramento Bypass into the Yolo Bypass for safe passage to the Delta. (12/30/2005)
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Flood Update
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has declared an emergency moblilization as of December 29, 2005. High tides in the Delta and continued wet weather expected throughout the State necessitate the mobilization of the Department to prepare river forecasts, manage flood-related information, provide technical assistance and fight floods as needed. (12/30/2005)
Daily News Media Briefings
The Department of Water Resources today announced that, starting on Saturday, December 31, continuing through Monday, January 2, it will hold two daily news media briefings at the Sacramento flood operations center, describing Northern California river conditions and weather patterns. Starting on Saturday, December 31, the morning briefing, previously given at 11:30 am, will be moved forward to 11 am, in response to media scheduling requests for an earlier presentation. An additional afternoon briefing, starting at 5 pm, will be initiated on that day, providing a comprehensive evening news update on floodwatch developments. (12/30/2005)
DWR Schedules First Snow Survey of 2006 Season
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its first snow survey of the new winter season at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 4, 2006, near Lake Tahoe. (12/22/2005)
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DWR Declares Flood Alert
The Department of Water resources (DWR) declared a “Flood Alert” at 8:00 a.m. today to deal with recent storms and forecasts of additional precipitation throughout California. (12/22/2005)
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2006 Water Allocation Increases
DWR today announced it is increasing its allocation for water delivery to the State Water Project Contractors in calendar year 2006 from 55% to 65% of requests. (12/14/2005)
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Water Plan Update
California Water Plan - Update 2005 announces their December 9, 2005 final Advisory Committee meeting in Sacramento. (12/08/2005)
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Lake Oroville
DWR will stock Lake Oroville with coho salmon through the third week of December 2005. (12/07/2005)
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Bulletin 132-04 Now Available
DWR has just released Bulletin 132-04, Management of the California State Water Project, which provides information on water supply planning, construction, financing, management, and operation activities of the SWP. (12/01/2005)
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Yuba River Fish Populations
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and DWR today announced support for the proposed lower Yuba River Accord pilot program. (11/29/2005)
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Salton Sea Public Meetings
The California Resources Agency will conduct a series of four public meetings on plans to identify ecosystem restoration alternatives for the Salton Sea through December 1, 2005. (11/28/2005)
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SWP Delivery Reliability Report Released
DWR announces new South Delta Improvements Program web site. The Program to improve water quality and protect salmon in the South Delta will conduct public meetings and hearings through January, 2006. (11/23/2005)
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Initial 2006 Water Allocation
DWR today announced the initial allocation for water delivery to the State Water Project Contractors in calendar year 2006. (11/23/2005)
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South Delta Improvements Program
DWR announces new South Delta Improvements Program web site. The Program to improve water quality and protect salmon in the South Delta will conduct public meetings and hearings through January, 2006. (11/10/2005)
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Earthquakes Pose Threat to Delta Levees
Appearing before a joint legislative committee, DWR Director Lester Snow today outlined the catastrophic impact of a significant earthquake on Delta levees. (11/01/2005)
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DWR Improves Water Data Library
DWR has launched an improved version of its Water Data Library which makes information retrievals easier and more powerful. (10/31/2005)
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CalSim-II Model Sensitivity Analysis Report Released
The Sensitivity Analysis was was conducted in response to the comments received during the public review of the 2003 State Water Project Delivery Reliability; and on the recommendations of the CalSim-II peer review expert panel sponsored by CALFED in December 2003. (10/27/2005)
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Plan to Combat Delta Smelt Decline
The Resources Agency today released a 14-point science-based framework to address declines in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta’s native fish species. (10/20/2005)
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California Resources Agency to Release Delta Smelt Action Plan
Ryan Broddrick, Director of the Department of Fish and Game and Lester Snow, Director of DWR will hold a press conference on Thursday, October 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the State Capitol, Room 1190 to release the Delta Smelt Action Plan. (10/19/2005)
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CALFED Watershed Program
DWR is seeking comments from the public on the CALFED Watershed Program Draft Grant Proposal Solication Package for funds available from Proposition 50. The comment period closes on October 21, 2005. The draft PSP is available online at the DWR Watershed Program website. (10/17/2005)
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Lake Perris Dam Repair
DWR today announced that it will move forward with plans to repair Riverside County’s Perris Dam. (10/06/2005)
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Water Desalination Grants
DWR announces the release of Proposition 50, Chapter 6(a) Water Desalination Grants Draft 2006 solicitation package and notice for public workshops. (10/05/2005)
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Prop 50 Grant Program Public Meeting
DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board have scheduled a September 23, 2005, public meeting to present preliminary award recommendations for the Proposition 50, Chapter 8 Integrated Regional Water Management – Planning Grant Program. (09/02/2005)
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Water Plan Update Advisory Committee Workshop
The next California Water Plan Advisory Committee Workshop will be held in Sacramento on September 14, 2005 from 1 till 5 p.m. (09/02/2005)
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Outdoor Fun for Disabled, Disadvantaged Children
A day of outdoor fun for disabled and disadvantaged children will be provided at Lake Oroville in Butte County on September 10 by DWR and by a newly formed partnership of local and state interests. (09/02/2005)
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DWR Cosponsors Sacramento Flood Conference
Flood management officials from California, Nevada and Hawaii will gather in Sacramento September 6-9 for the Floodplain Management Association’s 2005 Conference, cosponsored by DWR. (09/01/2005)
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Salton Sea Ecosystem Restoration New Web Site
DWR and the Department of Fish and Game announce a new web site which will document development of a restoration plan for the Salton Sea ecosystem, and accompanying Environmental Impact Report. (08/31/2005)
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Energy Workshops
DWR schedules energy workshops for Water and Wastewater Agencies at three locations through August 25, 2005. (08/04/2005)
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Water Plan Update
California Water Plan - Update 2005 announces their August 17, 2005 Advisory Committee meeting in Sacramento. (08/04/2005)
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2006 Revenue Requirement
Pursuant to Section 80110 of the California Water Code, the Rate Agreement between the State of California Department of Water Resources (the “Department” or “DWR”) and the California Public Utilities Commission (the “Commission” or “CPUC”), dated March 8, 2002 (the “Rate Agreement”), and Division 23, Chapter 4, Sections 510–517 of the California Code of Regulations (“the Regulations”), the Department hereby issues its Determination of Revenue Requirements for the period January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2006 (the “2006 Determination)”. Capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined herein have the meanings given to such terms in the Rate Agreement or the Indenture under which the Department’s Power Supply Revenue Bonds were issued (the “Bond Indenture”). (08/03/2005)
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Aquatic Adventure Camps
DWR announces more than 200 youngsters learned water safety skills at Aquatic Adventure Camps at four State Water Project reservoirs this summer. (08/03/2005)
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Wheeler Island Levee Break
DWR is providing emergency response assistance at Wheeler Island in the Suisun Marsh following a levee break yesterday afternoon which sent water pouring in from adjacent Honker Bay. (07/22/2005)
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Hetch Hetchy Study Workshop Scheduled
DWR and the Department of Parks and Recreation will conduct a media briefing and public workshop on Thursday, July 14, 2005, regarding the State’s Hetch Hetchy Valley Restoration Study. (07/08/2005)
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Fireworks at Lake Oroville
For the 10th consecutive year, one of Northern California’s greatest fireworks displays will take place at Lake Oroville on Monday, July 4, at no cost to the public. (07/01/2005)
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California Water Plan Workshops
DWR has posted two California Water Plan public evening workshop notices--July 12 (Sacramento) and July 13 (Chino). (06/30/2005)
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Integrated Regional Water Management Grant Program
DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board have issued the Draft Step 2 Proposal Solicitation Package for the Proposition 50, Chapter 8 Integrated Regional Water Management Grant Program. Public meetings will be held July 28 and August 4. (06/22/2005)
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Lakes and Reservoirs Week
After a period of low water levels, many of California’s lakes and reservoirs are full or nearly full, just in time for California Lakes and Reservoirs Appreciation Week July 1-7. (06/22/2005)
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Local Groundwater Assistance Grants
DWR today announced the award of $6,400,000 in grant funding to 30 public agencies from the Local Groundwater Assistance Program. (06/17/2005)
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$4.6 Million Awarded in Urban Steams Grants
DWR has awarded $4.6 million in Proposition 40 grants to 17 local projects that restore urban streams. (06/15/2005)
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Oroville Forebay Aquatic Center Grand Opening
DWR and the Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony at the Forebay Aquatic Center at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2005. (06/14/2005)
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Oroville Forebay Aquatic Center Grand Opening
DWR and the Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony at the Forebay Aquatic Center at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2005. (06/14/2005)
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$28 Million Awarded in Ag and Urban Water Use Grants
DWR is awarding $28 million in Proposition 50 grants to 75 agricultural and urban water use efficiency projects. (06/10/2005)
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2006 Proposed Revenue Requirement
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) proposes to determine a just and reasonable revenue requirement for 2006 that together with any moneys on deposit in the Electric Power Fund, is sufficient to provide the amounts necessary to pay obligations authorized by Division 27 of the Water Code (commencing at Section 80000). Procedures for public participation in this determination are set out in Sections 510-517 of Title 23 of the California Code of Regulations. (06/08/2005)
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Salinity Management Workshop
DWR and the Santa Clara Valley Water District are co-sponsoring the workshop "A Salinity Management Strategy--Water Softener Replacement Rebate Program" on July 8, 2005. (06/02/2005)
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State Water Project Allocation Increase
DWR has announced it is increasing its allocation of 2005 State Water Project water for long-term contractors from 80% to 90%. (05/31/2005)
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Prop 50 Water Use Efficiency Grants
DWR has scheduled June 1, 2005 for a public workshop to discuss its Draft Funding Recommendation for the 2005 Funding Cycle of Water Use Efficiency Grants. This program implements Chapter 7, Section 79550 (g) of Proposition 50, which provides funding for agricultural and urban water efficiency projects. (05/27/2005)
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Water Desalination Grants
DWR is awarding $25 million in grants to 25 water desalination projects. (05/25/2005)
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DWR Extends Water Plan Update Comment Period Extended
The Department of Water Resources is extending the public comment period on the Public Review Draft of the California Water Plan Update 2005 to Friday, July 22, 2005. (05/24/2005)
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River Conditions
DWR announced today it is closely monitoring conditions as heavy rainfall and snowmelt pushes many Northern California rivers to near-or-above flood stage. (05/17/2005)
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Water Awareness Month
California’s traditional May observance of Water Awareness Month this year serves as a prelude to public hearings in June on the newest California Water Plan Update. (05/09/2005)
CALFED Surface Storage Report Released
DWR has released the CALFED Bay-Delta Program Surface Storage Investigations Progress Report. The Report, prepared by DWR and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, provides updates on the latest activities of the CALFED Surface Storage Program, presents an overview of the major findings and status of each of the five storage investigations. (05/09/2005)
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Final Snow Survey Results of 2004-05 Season
Results of the late April, 2005, snow survey by the California Department of Water Resources near Echo Summit in the Northern Sierra are linked below. (04/28/2005)
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June Public Hearings for California Water Plan Public Review Draft
DWR today announced ten public hearings to receive comments on the Public Review Draft of the California Water Plan Update 2005. The hearings and two evening call-in sessions are posted on the new Water Plan web site. (04/27/2005)
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Yuba Accord
DWR joined with the Department of Fish and Game, local agenices, environmental organizations and agricultural interests on April 21st to announce the Lower Yuba River Accord. The Accord proposes new instream flow requirements that will increase protection for the river's fisheries resources, represents the first long-term water acquisition by the State for the CALFED Environmental Water Account, and will improve water supply reliability for DWR, the Bureau of Reclamation and Yuba County farmers. (04/22/2005)
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State Water Project Allocation Increase
DWR today announced it is increasing its allocation of 2005 State Water Project (SWP) water for long-term contractors from 70% to 80%. (04/22/2005)
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Conserve Water
DWR Public Service Announcement urges “Mission Control” over wasteful sprinkler systems. (04/19/2005)
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South Delta Program Workshop
DWR, in conjunction with the California Bay-Delta Authority, announces the second of two public workshops on April 28 to discuss the proposed South Delta Improvements Program. (04/15/2005)
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Draft California Water Plan Released
DWR today released the public review draft of the California Water Plan Update 2005, a proposed strategic plan to meet the state’s water needs through 2030. It is posted on the new Water Plan web site. (04/14/2005)
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Water Plan Update
California Water Plan - Update 2005 announces their April 14, 2005 Advisory Committee meeting in Sacramento. (04/06/2005)
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Desalination Grants and Public Workshop
DWR is recommending water desalination projects receive $25 million in Proposition 50 grants. A public workshop has been scheduled in Sacramento on April 12 at 10 a.m. (04/05/2005)
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Groundwater Assistance Grant Award Nominations
DWR is recommending water desalination projects receive $25 million in Proposition 50 grants. A public workshop has been scheduled in Sacramento on April 12 at 10 a.m. (04/05/2005)
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DWR Announces Snow Survey Results
DWR increases water allocation following April 1 Snow Survey. (04/01/2005)
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Snow Survey Scheduled
The next snow survey by the DWR will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, April 1, near Lake Tahoe. (03/23/2005)
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Final IRWM PSPs and Workshops
DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board have issued the FINAL Proposal Solicitation Packages for the Proposition 50, Chapter 8 Integrated Regional Water Management Program. Workshops will be held at various locations through April 7th. (03/21/2005)
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Vista del Lago Reopening Postponed
A new landslide has forced DWR to delay the planned Sunday, March 20, 2005, reopening of its Vista del Lago Visitors Center at Lake Pyramid in Northern Los Angeles County. (03/17/2005)
2005 Revised Revenue Requirement
The California Department of Water Resources hereby provides notice of its determination of revenue requirements for the period January 1, 2005 through and including December 31, 2005. (03/16/2005)
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Vista del Lago Reopens
DWR plans to reopen its Vista del Lago Visitors Center at Lake Pyramid in Northern Los Angeles County on Sunday, March 20, 2005. (03/14/2005)
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Energy Purchase - Request for Proposals
DWR, State Water Project is soliciting proposals for purchase of power for the calendar year 2006 and 2007. Completed proposal packages are due no later than April 6, 2005, 10:00 a.m. (03/10/2005)
Simulation of Natural Flows in Piru Creek
DWR has certified the Environmental Impact Report for simulation of natural flows in Piru Creek downstream of Pyramid Dam. (03/08/2005)
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DWR Announces Snow Survey
next snow survey by DWR will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, near Lake Tahoe. (02/24/2005)
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San Joaquin River Aeration Facility
DWR has released the public draft of the San Joaquin River Deep Water Ship Channel Demonstration Dissolved Oxygen Aeration Facility Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for this CALFED project. Public comments will be accepted through March 11, 2005. (02/22/2005)
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Water Desalination Grant Applications Accepted
DWR has accepted 42 applications from 44 received requesting a total of $71,305,947 in Proposition 50 Water Desalination Grants. (02/11/2005)
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Economics Web Site Goes Live
This new web site has been designed to highlight the services provided by the DWR economics staff. (02/08/2005)
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Water Use Efficiency Proposals Accepted
DWR has accepted 168 of 174 proposals seeking grants through the 2004 Water Use Efficiency Proposal Solicitation Package. (02/07/2005)
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Oroville Facilities Relicensing
DWR today filed an application for a new federal license to operate its Oroville Facilities – the heart of the State Water Project. (01/26/2005)
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Prop 50 Grant Packages
DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board have issued draft Proposal Solicitation Packages for the Proposition 50, Chapter 8 Integrated Regional Water Management Program. (01/24/2005)
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Salton Sea Ecosystem Restoration Project Funding
California Resources Agency Secretary Mike Chrisman today announced that the Salton Sea Authority will receive $750,000 for a pilot treatment project for selenium removal. (01/14/2005)
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Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Settlement with Mirant
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that state negotiators have finalized a comprehensive settlement with Mirant Corporation and its affiliates totaling more than $750 million. The settlement resolves claims against the company and certain of its affiliates for overcharging California consumers for electricity during 2000 and 2001. (01/14/2005)
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DWR Increases Water Allocation
DWR today announced it is increasing its allocation for water delivery to the State Water Project Contractors in calendar year 2005 from 40% to 60%. (01/14/2005)
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Bulletin 132-03 - Management of the SWP
DWR has just released Bulletin 132-03, Management of the California State Water Project. (01/13/2005)
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Flood Management White Paper
DWR today presented to the Legislature a report titled "Flood Warnings: Responding to California's Flood Crisis." (01/10/2005)
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High Delta Tide
DWR is taking precautions to protect western Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta islands from moderate tides that are expected the weekend of January 7-9, 2005. (01/07/2005)
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