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DWR Announces First Snow Survey Results of 2010-2011 Season: Storms Brighten Water Supply Outlook
On the heels of early season storms, manual and electronic readings today indicate that water content in California’s mountain snowpack is 198 percent of normal for the date. “This boosts our hopes that we will have an adequate water supply for our cities and farms as we continue to shake off effects of the 2007-2009 drought,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. (12/28/2010)
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DWR Schedules First Snow Survey of 2010-2011 Season
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its first manual snow survey of the new winter season at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 28, 2010, near Lake Tahoe. (12/23/2010)
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DWR Announces New Pyramid Lake Recreation Area Manager
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announces that beginning January 1, 2011 the Pyramid Lake Recreation Area will be operated by Parks Management Company under contract to DWR. To allow for a smoother transfer from the United States Forest Service concessionaire and reduce future disruption of services, the recreation area will be closed on December 31, 2010 and January 1, 2011, reopening on January 2, 2011. (12/23/2010)
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DWR Accomplishments Documents Released
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released a series of fact sheets highlighting some of DWR’s recent major accomplishments. (12/23/2010)
    Bay-Delta Conservation Plan...     Bond Accountability...     Climate Change...     CWP...     Delta Habitat Projects...     Delta Sustainability...     Drought...     Energy Efficiency...     Flood Management...     FloodSAFE...     Groundwater...     IRWM...     Statewide Agreements...     SWPM...     Water Conservation...
Public Workshop for Interim Levee Design Criteria Version 4 Scheduled for Jan. 6
DWR will hold a public workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 6 to discuss Version 4 of the Interim Levee Design Criteria for Urban and Urbanizing Areas in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley (ILDC). DWR released ILDC Version 4 on Dec. 20, 2010. Version 4 contains numerous refinements and additional topics that were not included in May 15, 2009, release of Version 3. The recently released version provides levee and floodwall design criteria to help local communities achieve protection from a flood event that has a 1-in-200 chance of occurring in any given year. Legislation passed in 2007 requires urban and urbanizing areas in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys (excluding Tulare Lake Basin) to achieve, or make adequate progress toward achieving, 200-year flood protection by approximately 2015 to continue to approve development in the 200-year floodplain. Please RSVP for the workshop by 5 p.m. on Jan. 4 to Viviane Maxwell at vmaxwell@water.ca.gov or (916) 574-1476. (12/21/2010)
    Map and Location...     Parking Instructions...     Download ILDC Version 4...     Download Summary of Changes from Versions 3 to 4...
DWR Activates Online Submittal System For Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has activated the California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM) program online submittal system for agencies to notify DWR of their intent to become a monitoring entity. (12/21/2010)
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State Water Project Allocation Increased
The Department of Water Resources today increased its projected deliveries of State Water Project water in 2011 to 50 percent of contractors’ requests. “This is very good news after the 2007-2009 drought from which we’re still recovering,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “We don’t want to be overly optimistic with most of the winter ahead of us, but recent storms have given us the best early season water supply outlook in five years.” (12/17/2010)
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Natural Resources Agency Releases BDCP Summary Document
State and federal agencies today reiterated their support for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) process to restore the Delta ecosystem and deliver California’s water. California Secretary for Natural Resources Lester A. Snow announced release of a BDCP summary document during a call with reporters where he was joined by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley. Six federal agencies today released a document in support of the BDCP process by calling for Delta restoration and construction of a new water conveyance system. (12/16/2010)
    Bay Delta Conservation Plan...     BDCP Highlights...
Final CALFED Surface Storage Investigations Progress Report Released
The Progress Report provides information on how active surface storage investigations are evaluating alternatives to address regional and statewide challenges related to water supply reliability, declining ecosystems, water quality, flood protection, hydropower generation, and recreation opportunities. Further, the report discusses uncertainties related to climate change and water management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Progress Report is available online. To request a printed copy of the Progress Report Overview with a CD of the full Progress Report please email surfacestorage@water.ca.gov.. (12/09/2010)
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DWR Releases Draft Recommendations for First Round of Integrated Regional Water Planning Grants
The Department of Water Resources announces the release of the Draft Funding Recommendations for the first round of Planning Grants from the Integrated Regional Water Management Grant Program. The release of these draft funding recommendations opens the public comment period. The public comment period will close on December 23, 2010 at 5 p.m. (12/09/2010)
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New Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Reports and Updates are Now Available
DWR has recently released three new or final draft documents produced to document or complement efforts to develop the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP). The Management Actions Report and its two appendices describes a wide range of individual management actions that contribute to CVFPP goals and address identified problems and opportunities related to flood management in the lands receiving protection from the facilities of the State Plan of Flood Control. Interim Progress Summary No. 2 is a high-level summary of the CVFPP development process, summary of the results of Phase 2 planning efforts, and a look ahead to upcoming plan development activities. The State Plan of Flood Control Descriptive Document provides an inventory and description of the flood control facilities, lands, programs, plans, conditions, and mode of operations and maintenance for the State-federal flood protection system in the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River watersheds. (12/08/2010)
    Download Full or Partial Documents...     Management Actions Report (PDF, 0.9MB)...     Management Actions Report Appendix A (PDF, 0.9MB)...     Management Actions Report Appendix B (PDF, 0.3MB)...     Interim Progress Summary No. 2 (PDF, 1.9MB)...     State Plan of Flood Cont. Desc. Doc. (PDF, 18.4MB)...
DWR to Host a Public Meeting to Discuss Georgiana Slough Non-physical Barrier Project
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) proposes to implement a non-physical fish barrier it hopes will prevent out-migrating Chinook salmon from entering Georgiana Slough. Georgiana Slough diverges from the south bank of the Sacramento River and flows into the central Delta. (12/01/2010)
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Notes From Winter Outlook Workshop
DWR annually convenes scientists from the weather and climate fields in a workshop to discuss potential water year conditions. The Water Year 2011 workshop was held on November 17, 2010, in San Diego. (11/23/2010)
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Final California Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) released
The California Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) represents the first State drought plan and was developed following the Governor's executive orders and drought proclamations in 2008 and 2009. It is a planning and implementation document which may be used to assist agencies in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from drought. The DCP has been prepared in conjunction with the California Water Plan (CWP) and will be updated every five years. (11/23/2010)
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DWR Releases Initial 2011 State Water Project Allocation
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial allocation of 25 percent of requested deliveries to its State Water Project (SWP) contractors for calendar year 2011. (11/22/2010)
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DWR to Release Draft Guidelines Concerning Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is releasing draft documents for implementation of the California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM) program. Enacted in 2009 with the passage of Senate Bill X7 6, CASGEM establishes a basis for collaboration between local monitoring parties and DWR to collect groundwater elevation information statewide and make that information available to the public. DWR is now in the process of launching the program. (11/04/2010)
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DWR Hosts 2010-2011 Winter Outlook Workshop
The Department of Water Resources will hold a Winter Outlook Workshop November 17 in San Diego. The workshop will bring together research and operational meteorologists to provide water managers with a discussion of prospects for Water Year 2011 water supply conditions. (11/03/2010)
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Dec. 9 Valleywide Forum will Focus on Central Valley Flood Management Planning Efforts
The Department of Water Resources invites you and your colleagues to a public forum on Thursday December 9, 2010 from 1-5 p.m. at the City of West Sacramento’s Civic Center Galleria, located at 1110 West Capitol Avenue. The Valleywide Forum is designed to provide an update regarding progress to develop the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan and to increase common understanding about FloodSAFE California. Representatives of State, federal, and local agencies, interest-based organizations, Tribal governments, and individuals with an interest in flood management are welcome to attend the event. Please email any questions about the event to cvfmp@water.ca.gov. To view the forum live via webcast, please follow the "webcast" link below. (11/01/2010)
    Map and Location...     Webcast...     RSVP...
California Water Commission set to meet on November 9
The newly reappointed California Water Commission will hold its second meeting on November 9 in Sacramento. (10/29/2010)
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DWR Releases Handbook for Communities Implementing Flood Legislation
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released a guidance document entitled "Implementing California Flood Legislation into Local Land Use Planning: A Handbook for Local Communities" (Handbook). The Handbook describes the new legislative requirements that affect city and county responsibilities related to flood risk management and local land use planning. These new legislative requirements were part of the comprehensive flood package passed by the California Legislature in 2007. (10/28/2010)
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DWR and DFG Sign Fish Restoration Program Agreement
The California Departments of Water Resources (DWR) and Fish and Game (DFG) will develop a “Fish Restoration Program” in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh. The program goal will be to mitigate State Water Project (SWP) impacts on sensitive fish species in the Delta, a milestone for the west coast’s most vital and diverse estuary and California’s critical water-supply hub. (10/26/2010)
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Regional Work Groups to Meet a Third Time from Nov. 9 through 17
The Upper Sacramento, Lower Sacramento, Delta, Lower San Joaquin, and Upper San Joaquin Regional Management Actions Work Groups will meet between November 9 and 17 for the third and final time during Phase 2 of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) development process. The goal of these meetings is to provide feedback on the draft Management Action Report and Interim Progress Summary #2, assess stakeholder engagement efforts to date, and develop a shared understanding of Phase 3 and 4 of CVFPP development. For more information on the meetings or about the CVFPP, please email cvfmp@water.ca.gov. The full schedule of meetings is as follows: (10/25/2010)
    Delta: Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., West Sacramento...     Lower San Joaquin: Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-1p.m., Stockton...     Lower Sacto: Nov. 9, 1-5 p.m., West Sacramento...     Upper San Joaquin: Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Fresno...     Upper Sacto: Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Colusa...
DWR Announces Climate And Remote Sensing Science Service Awards
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) presented its Climate Science Services and Remote Sensing Science Services Awards at the
October 19 - 20 Climate Change and Water Adaptation Symposium in Long Beach sponsored by the Department and by the Water Education Foundation. (10/25/2010)
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DWR, Natural Resources Agency Kick Off State, Federal Intertie Project
DWR Director Mark Cowin and Secretary for Natural Resources Lester Snow took part in the groundbreaking for the construction of the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project. The linking of the state and federal canals by a new underground pipeline and pumping plant will improve the flexibility and reliability of water supplies for water users south of the Delta. (10/14/2010)
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DWR Announces "Catch a Special Thrill" for Kids Event at Silverwood Lake
The Department of Water Resources, the Department of State Parks, the Department of Boating and Waterways, the Department of Fish and Game, and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation will sponsor a “Catch a Special Thrill” for Kids event on Saturday, October 16, at Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County. (10/13/2010)
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"Save Our Water" Exhibit Highlights Conservation at 2010 Big Fresno Fair
Save Our Water, California’s largest statewide water conservation program, will host a special exhibit at the Big Fresno Fair from October 6-17. The educational display will highlight Save Our Water’s “Real People, Real Savings” summer campaign. “Fair visitors can learn new ways to save water every day at our Save Our Water exhibit,” said Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director Mark Cowin. “Even with a fairly normal winter, three previous years of drought remind us how important it is for all of us to do our part to conserve California’s water.” (10/01/2010)
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DWR Announces "Catch a Special Thrill" for Kids Event at Castaic Lake
The Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with Castaic Lake Water Agency, the City of Santa Clarita, the County of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (LADPR), the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation will sponsor a "Catch a Special Thrill" for Kids event on Saturday, October 2, at Castaic Lake in northern Los Angeles County. (10/01/2010)
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DWR Releases Methodologies for Calculating Baseline and Compliance Urban Per Capita Water Use
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the document, “Methodologies for Calculating Baseline and Compliance Urban Per Capita Water Use for Consistent Implementation of the Water Conservation Act of 2009”. (10/01/2010)
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DWR Announces Climate Change Symposium
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Water Education Foundation are co-sponsoring a water and climate change adaptation symposium on October 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. (10/01/2010)
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DWR Releases Final 2009 SWP Delivery Reliability Report
SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released for public review the Final State Water Project Delivery Reliability Report 2009. The report updates estimates of current (2009) and future (through 2029) State Water Project (SWP) delivery reliability and incorporates federal biological opinions for smelt and salmon and potential impacts of future climate changes. (09/28/2010)
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Salmon Festival Returns to Oroville for 16th Year
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) invites the public to attend the 16th annual Oroville Salmon Festival Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25. The Oroville festival celebrates the yearly return of Feather River salmon and provides attendees an opportunity to learn more about these majestic fish. (09/22/2010)
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California Water Commission set to meet on Sept. 28
The newly-appointed California Water Commission will hold its first meeting on September 28 in Sacramento. It will focus on an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the Commission as well as an overview of recently passed water legislation, California Water Plan Update 2009 and other projects of interest. (09/17/2010)
    California Water Commission website...     Meeting Info...
State Promotes Flood Risk Awareness Aimed at Keeping People Safe and Reducing Property Damage
To promote flood risk awareness, keep people safe and reduce potential property damage from flooding, Central Valley property owners will soon receive flood risk information guides. The pamphlets are being distributed by California's Department of Water Resources (DWR) Flood Risk Notification Program, as part of the FloodSAFE California Initiative, to encourage individual awareness and action to help reduce flood risk. (09/16/2010)
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Phase 2 Regional Management Actions Work Groups to hold second meeting
The second of three planned meetings for members of Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) Regional Management Actions Work Groups have been scheduled for the week of September 20. At this meeting, work group members will focus on addressing applicability of management actions to each region, including information received from 15 Phase 2 Management Actions Workshops that concluded in early September. Input received from members serve as building blocks for development of regional solution sets to be considered in the third phase of planning of the 2012 CVFPP. Detailed meeting summaries and presentation materials will be available within 10 days of each meeting. For more information, select the “Phase 2: Management Actions” option on the “Meetings” page. (09/15/2010)
DWR Announces 'Catch a Special Thrill' for Kids Event at Lake Perris
The Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation will sponsor a “Catch a Special Thrill” for Kids event on Saturday, September 18 at Lake Perris in Riverside County. (09/15/2010)
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DWR Director Responds to U.S. Army Corps levee inspection results
Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director Mark Cowin responded today to the release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers periodic levee inspection report. (09/14/2010)
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DWR Announces ‘Catch a Special Thrill’ for Kids Event at Lake Oroville
The Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), CAL FIRE and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation will sponsor a “Catch a Special Thrill” for Kids event on Saturday, September 11, at the Spillway launch ramp at Lake Oroville. C.A.S.T. for Kids events give disabled and disadvantaged young people a day of outdoor adventure. The children receive their own fishing rod, reel and tackle box before enjoying fishing on the lake with top anglers. Boating education, boating safety, ethics of fishing and natural resources will also be highlighted in the activities with a special guest appearance by “Rascal” the mascot of the Golden Baseball League’s Chico Outlaws. (09/08/2010)
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EWQES Highlights
Have you ever wondered where juvenile striped bass hang out or how they get to the ocean and back? To help find out, DWR's Staff Environmental Scientist, Cynthia LeDoux-Bloom implanted 100 acoustic transmitters in juvenile stripers, with a lot of help from her friends and volunteers and is now monitoring their travels... (08/25/2010)
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The California Museum Exhibit Honors State Water Project
A special exhibit honoring California’s State Water Project (SWP) has begun a year-long run at The California Museum. Entitled “Extreme Engineering: The California State Water Project Past, Present and Future,” it will be on view through July 17, 2011. (08/11/2010)
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Community Application, Integration Workshops Scheduled for August and September
The second and final series of management actions workshops to contribute to Phase 2 development of the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan will begin August 24. Hosted by the California Department of Water Resources’ Central Valley Flood Planning Office, the Round 2 Management Actions Workshops follow the completion of 11 category-based workshops held in July. Round 2 sessions include one integration-based workshop and three community application-based workshops. Seating is limited and participants are asked to RSVP in advance. Because of the highly interactive nature of these workshops, a webinar function will not be available. All meetings will be held in Sacramento. For additional information and to RSVP please visit the “Meetings” page and click on “Phase 2: Management Actions.” (08/06/2010)
    Attendee's Guide to Workshops (rev. 8/16/10)...     Workshops Announcement/Flyer...
DWR to Host Statewide Workshops Concerning Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has scheduled 10 public Workshops in August and September regarding the California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM) program. Conducted in cooperation with the Association of California Water Agencies, the sessions are designed to provide information, answer questions, and solicit public comment on CASGEM. Enacted in 2009 with the passage of Senate Bill X7 6, CASGEM establishes a basis for collaboration between local monitoring parties and DWR to collect groundwater elevation information statewide and make that information available to the public. DWR is now in the process of launching the program. (08/02/2010)
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DWR Releases Final IRWM Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Packages
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announces release of its Final Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Packages( PSPs) for the Planning Grant, Implementation Grant, and Stormwater Flood Management (SWFM) Grant programs. (07/27/2010)
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DWR Releases Public Draft of the Urban Water Use Target Technical Methodologies
On July 27, 2010, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a Public Draft of Urban Water Use Target Methodologies. This document was prepared in consultation with the California Urban Water Conservation Council and guidance from a 33 member urban stakeholder committee. (07/27/2010)
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DWR seeks Advisory members for the California Water Plan Update 2013
The Advisory Committee for Water Plan Update 2013 is being formed to develop and refine policy recommendations and other strategic elements for Update 2013. In support of the Advisory Committee and the overall Update 2013 process, there is a proposal to establish interest-based and regional-based forums. These groups would be chaired by AC members associated with a particular interest or region. The application for all advisory groups should be returned by Aug. 25. (07/27/2010)
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Phase 2 Management Action Workshops to Start July 19
The California Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) Central Valley Flood Planning Office will host a series of category-based management actions workshops in July as part of Phase 2 planning and engagement activities for the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. This round of 11 workshops will be followed in August with a series of application-based workshops. The first round workshops cover a wide range of topics from Policy and Regulation to Disaster Preparedness. Each meeting will be four hours in length. Participants can attend in-person or by webinar. They will be held at the Center for Collaborative Policy, 815 S Street, Sacramento. Seating is limited and participants are encouraged to RSVP in advance. For additional details and to RSVP, please visit the "Meetings" page and click on 'Phase 2: Management Actions." For RSVP assistance, contact Katie Cox at kcox@ccp.csus.edu or 916-445-2079. For technical questions, contact Jafar Faghih at jafar.faghih@mwhglobal.com. (07/08/2010)
    Workshop Announcement...     Workshop Attendee's Guide...     List of Initial Management Actions...
DWR Releases Draft Handbook for Communities Implementing Flood Legislation
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) released for public review and comment the draft report entitled Implementing California Flood Legislation into Local Land Use Planning: A Handbook for Local Communities (Draft Handbook). The Draft Handbook describes the new legislative requirements that affect city and county responsibilities related to flood risk management and local land use planning. These new legislative requirements were part of the comprehensive flood package passed by the California Legislature in 2007. (06/29/2010)
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DWR Announces Lake Del Valle 'Catch A Special Thrill' for Kids Event
The Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), Cal Fire and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation will sponsor a C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids event on Saturday, June 26, at Lake Del Valle. The event will run from 6 a.m. through 1 p.m. with 40 youth participating. (06/25/2010)
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California Lakes and Reservoirs Appreciation Week
Every year California celebrates Lakes and Reservoir Week July 1-7. But the Department of Water Resources encourages Californians to enjoy our lakes and reservoirs every day, protecting them from pollution and preserving habitat. (06/25/2010)
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DWR Releases 45th Edition of Management of the State Water Project
The Department of Water Resources announces publication of the 45th edition of “Management of the California State Water Project”—Bulletin 132-07. (06/24/2010)
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Late Spring Weather Allows DWR to Increase Water Allocation
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is adjusting its final 2010 State Water Project allocation to 50 percent of requested amounts because of late Spring storms. (06/23/2010)
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Apply for Phase 2 Climate Change Work Group by June 25
DWR now is accepting applications from Central Valley subject-matter experts interested in joining the Climate Change Thresholds Approach Work Group, a technical work group chartered for Phase 2 of the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) development process. The focus of the group will be to assist with the development of an evaluation framework to incorporate climate change planning considerations into the CVFPP from an event-based hydrologic aspect. Phase 2 focuses on the development and review of management actions for inclusion in subsequent regional solution sets. Slated to meet up to four times from July through October 2010, the group is limited to 15 members. Individuals interested in joining the group are asked to email completed applications to cvfmp@water.ca.gov by the deadline of 5 p.m. on June 25, 2010. For more information, contact Cindy Ungacta at (916) 574-0513. (06/17/2010)
    Climate Change Thresholds Approach WG Application...     Climate Change Thresholds Approach Draft Charter...
DWR lead participant in Green Fair at west steps of Capitol
DWR is joining forces with the State Agency Green Employee (SAGE) committee by participating in the first-ever California Green Fair On June 16, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event offers tips on going green, recycling demonstrations, contests, musical entertainment, and a kids station. During the event, there will be on-site collection for personal recyclable materials such as batteries, paper, e-waste, old keys, plastic bags, eye glasses, and egg cartons. (06/15/2010)
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DWR, State Agencies Request Information for West Coast Sea Level Rise Projection Assessment
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is one of several state agencies sponsoring three public meetings to solicit information for an upcoming sea level rise assessment. (06/02/2010)
    Meeting Announcment...     Meeting Presentations...
DWR Flood Management Valleywide Forum Open to the Public
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) invites the public to the Central Valley Flood Management Program’s Valleywide Forum on June 3. The focus of the forum will be the status and direction of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. (06/01/2010)
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DWR raises delivery estimate, sets final SWP allocation
Late season storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase its final 2010 State Water Project allocation to 45 percent of requested amounts. (05/20/2010)
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Phase 2 Regional Management Actions Work Groups Applications Now Available
DWR is accepting applications from Central Valley subject-matter experts interested in joining any one of five Regional Management Actions (RMA) Work Groups through June 10. The five regions include the upper Sacramento, lower Sacramento, upper San Joaquin, lower San Joaquin, and Delta regions. These place-based work groups are key elements of Phase 2 planning and engagement activities for the development of the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. Phase 2 focuses on the development and review of management actions for inclusion in subsequent regional solution sets. Slated to meet up to three times from June to September 2010, the groups will also assist DWR staff in the conduct of topic-specific work groups and workshops this summer. Individuals interested in group membership are asked to email completed applications to cvfmp@water.ca.gov by the deadline of 5 p.m. on June 10, 2010. For more information, contact Cindy Ungacta at (916) 574-0513. (05/19/2010)
    Regional Management Actions WG Application...     Upper Sacramento RMA WG Draft Charter...     Lower Sacramento RMA WG Draft Charter...     Upper San Joaquin RMA WG Draft Charter...     Lower San Joaquin RMA WG Draft Charter...     Delta RMA WG Draft Charter...
Border Governors Binational Desalination Conference Scheduled for San Diego May 26-27
A binational conference on desalination in the U.S. – Mexico border region is planned for May 26 and 27 in San Diego. (05/17/2010)
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June 3 Valleywide Forum in West Sacramento to be Webcast Live
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) invites you to the upcoming Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program Valleywide Forum to be held on June 3 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Bridgeway Lakes Boathouse in West Sacramento. The purpose of the public forum is to engender a shared understanding of State-led flood improvement projects; provide an update on the status and direction of efforts to produce the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP); and highlight regional perspectives on flood management in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. Forum attendees will hear from a group of panel experts about their experiences thus far working with DWR to develop content for the 2012 CVFPP. The forum will also be webcast to allow both in-person and virtual attendees to question DWR and the panelists. The Boathouse is located at 3650 Southport Parkway in West Sacramento. (05/12/2010)
    Valleywide Forum Details and Map...     Valleywide Forum Webcast...     Valleywide Forum Information Flyer...
First Update Released on Progress to Develop 2012 CVFPP
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is pleased to announce the release of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) Interim Progress Summary No. 1 (IPS1). This document provides a brief, high-level summary of progress-to-date to develop the 2012 CVFPP, and highlights interim findings on regional flood management concerns and next steps in the planning and partner engagement process towards plan completion. It also serves as a companion document to the Regional Conditions Report – A Working Document (RCR), a work-in-progress document that serves as a technical reference for plan development. Additionally, a guide has been produced to walk readers through the purposes and parts of each document. Both documents and the reader's guide may be downloaded on the CVFMP Program’s “Publications” page, or via the links below. (05/12/2010)
    Download Interim Progress Summary No. 1...     Download Regional Conditions Report in Full (25MB)...     Download Regional Conditions Report in Chapters...     Download Reader's Guide to IPS1 and the RCR...
DWR Director Mark Cowin signs Notice of Determination regarding SWP Monterey Amendment
On May 4, 2010, DWR Director Mark Cowin signed a Notice of Determination regarding the Monterey Amendment to the State Water Project Contracts (Including Kern Water Bank Transfer) and Associated Actions as Part of a Settlement Agreement (Monterey Plus). The Notice of Determination and related decision documents can be found at DWR's Monterey Plus webpage. (05/06/2010)
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Spring Storms Boost 2010 Water Delivery Projection to 40 Percent
Persistent spring storms will allow the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase its 2010 allocation of State Water Project deliveries to 40 percent. However, despite the heavy snowpack, California's water crisis remains. (05/04/2010)
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DWR Observes Water Awareness Month in May
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) reminds the public that May is “Water Awareness Month,” a time to appreciate and carefully use the water resources essential to California’s special quality of life. (05/04/2010)
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Alluvial Fan Comments Sought
The Alluvial Fan Task Force today released guidance documents for a 30-day public review and comment period. The task force was authorized in 2004 by Assembly Bill 2141 to review the state of knowledge of alluvial fans, determine future research needs and prepare recommendations relating to alluvial fan floodplain management. I (05/03/2010)
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DWR Announces Final Snow Survey Results: Late Storms Brighten Outlook
On the heels of late season storms, manual and electronic readings today indicate that water content in California’s statewide mountain snowpack is 143 percent of normal. (04/30/2010)
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DWR Schedules Final Snow Survey of 2009-2010 Season
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its final snow survey of the 2009-2010 season at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 30, near Lake Tahoe. (04/27/2010)
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DWR Increase State Water Project Delivery Estimate to 30 Percent
Citing April’s wintry Sierra storms, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its 2010 allocation of State Water Project deliveries to 30 percent. (04/23/2010)
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DWR Increases State Water Project Delivery Estimate
With the Sierra snowpack’s water content above average, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its State Water Project (SWP) allocation to 20 percent. (04/01/2010)
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Media Briefing on California Water Supply Conditions
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is increasing its estimate of the amount of State Water Project water it will be able to deliver to contracting agencies this year. (04/01/2010)
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DWR Publishes California Water Plan Update 2009
DWR today announced publication of the California Water Plan Update 2009. The five-volume report is the newest, most comprehensive reference document on California water conditions, challenges and water resource management. (03/31/2010)
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DWR Certifies Dutch Slough Restoration Project Final EIR
The Department of Water Resources has certified and approved the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR is now final for the west Delta wetlands restoration project. (03/30/2010)
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DWR Schedules Fourth Snow Survey of 2009-2010 Season
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its fourth snow survey of the season at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 1, 2010, near Lake Tahoe. (03/25/2010)
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DWR to Host Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Perris Dam Remediation Project
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will host a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the Perris Dam Remediation Project, March 24, in Perris, California. The event, co-hosted by Riverside County Board Chairman, Supervisor Marion Ashley, will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, Perris City Hall, located at 101 North D St. The public is invited. DWR staff will present the current design and construction plans for the remediation of Perris Dam and will be available to address concerns and answer questions from the audience. Local public officials and representatives from local agencies will also be present to answer questions regarding impacts to the local communities. (03/23/2010)
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Statement from Natural Resources Secretary Snow on National Research Council Report on Delta
Secretary for California Natural Resources Lester Snow Friday issued the following statement on the National Research Council's report, “A Scientific Assessment of Alternatives for Reducing Water Management Effects on Threatened and Endangered Fishes in California's Bay Delta.” (03/22/2010)
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SWP Delivery Forecast Remains at 15% Despite CVP Increase
Although the Central Valley Project today increased its water delivery allocation, the Department of Water Resources is unable at this time to increase allocations. (03/16/2010)
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Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project
Final EIS/EIR Now Available

The Bureau of Reclamation and the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) have released the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR) for the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project. (03/15/2010)
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DWR Releases Draft IRWM Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Packages
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announces release of the Draft IRWM Grant Program Guidelines, Planning Grant PSP, Implementation Grant PSP, and Stormwater Flood Management Grant PSP. (03/08/2010)
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DWR Announces Third Snow Survey Results Of 2009-2010 Winter Season
Manual and electronic readings today indicate that water content in California's mountain snowpack is 107 percent of normal for the date. This time last year, snow water content statewide was 80 percent of normal. (03/03/2010)
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DWR Schedules Third Snow Survey of 2009-2010 Season
SACRAMENTO -- The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its third snow survey of the season at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2010, near Lake Tahoe. (03/01/2010)
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Department of Water Resources Water Delivery Projection Remains Low
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased anticipated 2010 State Water Project deliveries to California’s water contractors from five to 15 percent of requests. If this amount remains unchanged by the final allocation in late spring this will be the lowest allocation percentage in the project's history. (02/26/2010)
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Certification, Final EIR for the Monterey Amendment
On February 1, 2010, the Director of the Department of Water Resources signed the certification for the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Monterey Amendment to the State Water Project Contracts. The EIR can be found at http://www.water.ca.gov/environmentalservices/monterey_plus.cfm. (02/02/2010)
Draft Report Released for Public Review Inventories State-Federal Flood Protection Facilities
DWR is pleased to announce the release for public review and comment the draft State Plan of Flood Control Descriptive Document, a key deliverable of the FloodSAFE California Initiative to the legislature and a major step towards completion of the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. The draft report is a comprehensive description of the State-federal flood protection system in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys that the State operates and oversees in cooperation with the federal government. Elements of the draft report describe the existing system’s facilities, lands, programs, plans, conditions, and operations and maintenance. Comments are due 5 p.m. March 2, 2010. Please submit comments or requests for electronic copies of report appendices to cvfmp@water.ca.gov or in writing to: Central Valley Flood Planning Office, Attn: Roger Lee, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236. Comments may also be received at the February 26 Central Valley Flood Protection Board meeting. (01/29/2010)
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DWR Announces Second Snow Survey Results
Manual and electronic readings today indicate that water content in California’s mountain snowpack is 115 percent of normal for the date statewide. This time last year, snow water content was 61 percent of normal statewide. (01/29/2010)
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DWR Schedules Second Snow Survey of 2009-2010 Season
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its second snow survey of the season at 11 a.m., Friday, January 29, 2010, near Lake Tahoe. (01/27/2010)
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DWR Releases Draft State Water Project Delivery Reliability Report
The Draft State Water Project Delivery Reliability Report 2009 is available for public review. This report updates estimates of the current (2009) and future (2029) State Water Project delivery reliability and incorporates the federal biological opinions for smelt and salmon, and potential impacts of future climate changes. The deadline for coments is March 4, 2010. Access to the full report and directions for providing comments are available at the SWP Delivery Reliability Report website. (01/26/2010)
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DWR releases "FloodSAFE California Achievements"
DWR releases "FloodSAFE California Achievements," highlighting the accomplishments to date of the FloodSAFE California Initiative. The document details achievements in the areas of (1) improving emergency response, (2) improving flood management systems, (3) improving operations and maintenance, (4) and informing and assisting the public. (01/26/2010)
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Director Snow testifies on California water issues to U.S. House subcommittee
DWR Director Lester Snow today testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Water and Power about California water issues, including current water supply challenges and opportunities. Click the headline to read the Director's prepared testimony. (01/25/2010)
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Retired Executive Director of the Association of California Water Agencies Passes Away
Stephen Hall was a dedicated, effective leader in California's water community. He played a major role in seeking and encouraging realistic solutions to our State's water supply and water quality challenges. (01/20/2010)
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DWR Releases Draft EIR For Perris Dam Remediation Project
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Perris Dam Remediation Program. (01/13/2010)
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Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Lester Snow as Natural Resources Secretary
Governor Schwarzenegger has announced the appointment of Lester Snow as Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency to replace Mike Chrisman, who is retiring on Feb. 1. Deputy Director Mark Cowin will succeed Snow as DWR Director. (01/06/2010)
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