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Winter’s First Snow Survey Set for January 3
SACRAMENTO – With water officials bracing for a possible third consecutive dry year in California, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct the season’s first snow survey on January 3. This survey’s results likely will be far different than last winter’s initial readings which showed water content in the snowpack at 150 percent of normal for the date, just as California was turning dry after wet storms in November and December. Today’s scant snowpack dramatically illustrates the result of the near-record dry weather we have had since last January. Statewide electronic readings indicate that today’s snowpack water content is only 20 percent of normal for the date. (12/30/2013)
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Department of Water Resources Names Drought Management Team to Prepare for a Dry 2014
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has mobilized a new drought management effort to prepare for and reduce potential impacts of what is expected to be a third straight dry year in 2014. DWR Director Mark Cowin said the department is focusing its personnel and programs “to offset potentially devastating impacts to citizen health, well-being and our economy.” Cowin has appointed Bill Croyle to lead the effort as department drought manager. Croyle has 30 years of experience in water operations, including seven years as DWR’s flood operations chief and 23 years with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. (12/17/2013)
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DWR Issues Draft State Water Project Reliability Report
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has issued its Draft State Water Project (SWP) Delivery Reliability Report for 2013. This report updates estimates of SWP delivery reliability. It incorporates restrictions on SWP and federal Central Valley Project Delta operations in accordance with biological opinions issued by federal agencies. The public comment period closes on January 17, 2014. The report may be accessed at the link below: (12/16/2013)
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DWR Experimental Winter Outlook for Water Year 2014
As part of ongoing work to develop seasonal water supply forecasting ability, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) annually convenes researchers to develop an experimental winter outlook forecast, and to review other factors that may assist in improving forecasting skill at lead times ranging from several weeks to a year. The forecast for water year 2014 (October 1 – September 30) is of particular interest since water years 2012 and 2013 were both dry, and 2014 brings the possibility of a third dry year. (11/27/2013)
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DWR Announces Initial Water Supply Estimate for 2014
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial allocation of five percent of requested deliveries to State Water Project (SWP) contractors in calendar year 2014. The initial allocation is a conservative estimate of what DWR expects it can deliver as a percentage of the total amount requested by the public water agencies that contract for SWP deliveries. "We hope things improve with this winter's storms," said DWR Director Mark Cowin, "but there is no guarantee that 2014 won't be our third consecutive dry year. Today's allocation is a stark reminder that California's fickle weather demands that we make year-round conservation a way of life." (11/20/2013)
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Giant Garter Snake, Flood Control Aided by DWR Program
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has begun an innovative program in the San Joaquin Valley to help local levee-maintaining agencies implement flood control projects while preserving habitat for the endangered giant garter snake. The “advance conservation” program identifies and sets aside habitat, in this case snake habitat, before agencies begin work that could result in the taking of threatened or endangered species or their habitat. DWR has invested $4.1 million of Proposition 1E funds and contracted with Westervelt Ecological Services to create a giant garter snake conservation bank that can ultimately be used by levee-maintaining agencies in the south Delta and the Stockton area south along the San Joaquin River to approximately Fresno. (11/19/2013)
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DWR and California Conservation Corps: Delta Levees Flood Fighting Exercise
The Twitchell Island Functional Exercise will give the media the opportunity to observe and record the flood emergency response actions that DWR and local agencies would deploy to protect Delta levees from failure in the case of an actual flood emergency. Delta levees protect the state’s water supply to approximately 25-million Californians located throughout the state, from the Delta south to the border, and west to the cities of San Francisco’s South Bay. The exercise will test coordination between DWR Flood Operations, the California Conservation Corps (approximately 75 corpsmembers), the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services and Local Maintaining Agency Reclamation District 1601. (11/06/2013)
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Hidden Valley Ranch Purchase Strengthens Region’s Floodwater Overflow, Wildlife Enhancement Goals
SACRAMENTO – Two State agencies have collaborated on grants totaling $9.3 million to purchase 497-acre Hidden Valley Ranch on the San Joaquin River near its confluence with the Tuolumne River in Stanislaus County. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) contributed $6.3 million and $3 million respectively toward the purchase, which was finalized today (11/6/13). The acquisition of Hidden Valley Ranch supports state and federal flood protection and conservation initiatives implemented through the Department of Water Resources’ Flood Corridor Protection Program and the FloodSAFE Environmental Stewardship and Statewide Resources Office (FESSRO). (11/06/2013)
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DWR Underscores Risk, Promotes Awareness during Flood Preparedness Week
SACRAMENTO – California’s vulnerability to flooding creates significant risk to public safety, the environment and the economy. During California Flood Preparedness Week (CFPW), Nov. 4-9, the Department of Water Resources and state, federal and local partners aim to educate Californians about flood risk in their communities and ways to prepare for flooding. To kick off this week-long educational effort, California was today inducted into the Silver Jackets program at a letter signing ceremony in Sacramento. Silver Jackets teams are state-led interagency groups that work together to focus on state priorities to reduce flood risk through increased flood risk communication and improved emergency response processes. Through Silver Jackets, federal, state and local agencies can better coordinate activities that increase public awareness of flood risk. (11/04/2013)
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DWR Announces ‘Catch A Special Thrill’ for Kids Event at San Luis State Recreation Area
SACRAMENTO – A special day of outdoor recreation and fishing for disabled and disadvantaged children will be held at O’Neill Forebay at San Luis State Recreation Area in Merced County on Saturday, October 26. The “Catch a Special Thrill” for kids event is sponsored by the Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW),and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation. Participants and their families will start the day with a breakfast followed by fishing with top local anglers. Children participating in the C.A.S.T. event will be on the water in their assigned fishing boats from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children will be from the Los Banos and Merced school districts. (10/25/2013)
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DWR Announces ‘Catch A Special Thrill’ for Kids Event at Silverwood Lake
SACRAMENTO – A special day of outdoor recreation and fishing for disabled and disadvantaged children will be held at Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County on Saturday, October 19 under the sponsorship of the Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, who will sponsor a “Catch A special Thrill” for kids event. (10/14/2013)
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Pyramid Lake Recreation Areas Closed Due to Federal Government Shutdown
SACRAMENTO –The Pyramid Lake Recreation Area (PLRA) north of Los Angeles will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. today (October 4) due to the shutdown of the Federal government. Although the California Department of Water Resources operates Pyramid Lake and the PLRA, the U.S. Forest Service is the land owner. The Forest Service ordered the closure due to the Federal budget impasse. Areas affected are Los Alamos Campground, Emigrant Landing Day Use Area, Vaquero Day Use Area and Pyramid Lake, including all boat-in day use areas. All special use permits for bass tournaments are void. The Department of Water Resources’ Vista del Lago Visitor Center overlooking Pyramid Lake on Interstate 5 will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. (10/04/2013)
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DWR Announces ‘Catch A Special Thrill’ for Kids Event at Castaic Lake
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with Castaic Lake Water Agency, the City of Santa Clarita, the County of Los Angeles, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, will sponsor a “Catch a Special Thrill” fishing event for disabled and disadvantaged children on Saturday, October 5, at Castaic Lake in northern Los Angeles County. Fishing with top local anglers will highlight the day, and children participating in the C.A.S.T. event will be on the water in their assigned fishing boats from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Many of the children came from the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, Inc., Jewel City Bowl, and Lanterman Regional Center. (10/01/2013)
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DWR Releases Draft Funding Recommendations for Proposition 84 Round 2 Implementation Grant Program
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is inviting public comment on its recommendations for funding Proposition 84 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Implementation Grants. Twenty proposals covering 139 projects are recommended to receive grants totaling $131.1 million. The grant program assists local public agencies and non-profit organizations in meeting long-term water needs of the state, including the delivery of safe drinking water and the protection of water quality and the environment. (09/27/2013)
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DWR Announces Award of $91.8 Million in Proposition 1E Stormwater Flood Management Grants
SACRAMENTO – Reducing and preventing damage from California’s future floods are the goals of 10 new grants to local public agencies by the Department of Water Resources (DWR). Director Mark Cowin approved $91.8 million in Proposition 1E Stormwater Flood Management (SWFM) Grant Program funding awards on September 20, 2013. (09/25/2013)
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DWR Announces ‘Catch A Special Thrill’ for Kids Event at Lake Perris
SACRAMENTO -- A special day of outdoor recreation for disabled and disadvantaged children will be held at Lake Perris in Riverside County on Saturday, September 21 under the sponsorship of the Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), and the C.A.S.T. (“Catch a Special Thrill”) for Kids Foundation. (09/17/2013)
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Preparing for the possibility of a dry 2014
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is sponsoring events throughout the fall in preparation for the possibility that water year 2014 could be a third consecutive dry year. Preparing for the potential of continued dry conditions is also the focus of a joint California State Board of Food and Agriculture – California Water Commission meeting next week. Water year 2012 ranked as the 25th driest year in terms of statewide runoff, based on a measured record of 112 years. Good reservoir and groundwater basin storage from a wet 2011 lessened impacts of dry conditions for many water users. Water year 2013, which ends on September 30, began with above-average precipitation but then turned dry. (09/05/2013)
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DWR Announces $750 Million Settlement on Electricity Charges
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Friday announced a $750 million settlement with British Columbia utility Powerex, one of the electricity sellers accused of overcharging California power buyers during the state’s electricity crisis of 2000-2001. Money from the settlement will be used to offset the future electricity bills of the customers of Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric. (08/16/2013)
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Proposed Conveyance Project Changes Would Reduce Delta Impacts
SACRAMENTO —The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Thursday announced changes to a proposed water conveyance system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that would shrink by 50 percent the total permanent footprint of the project, shift more than 400 acres of permanent and temporary construction impacts from private to public lands, and otherwise substantially reduce the effects of the project on Delta residents. (08/15/2013)
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DWR Approves Funding to Strengthen Delta Levees
SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has approved funding for 14 reclamation district projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to strengthen nearly 90 miles of levees to provide protection against flooding. The projects will receive a total of nearly $30 million under the Delta Special Flood Control Projects’ Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) Levee Repair and Improvement Project Solicitation Package (PSP). The projects include landslide levee repair, all-weather road construction, erosion repair and other improvements, along with mitigation for any habitat damage. (07/25/2013)
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DWR Announces Comment Period on Proposed Negative Declaration for Proposed Allocation Settlement
SACRAMENTO -- The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced a 30-day public review period on a Proposed Negative Declaration (Proposed ND) for a proposed State Water Project supply allocation settlement agreement with four water agencies that receive water from the State Water Project (SWP). Released on July 19, the Proposed ND describes the Agreements in Principle that may form the basis of the settlement and related amendments to SWP long-term water supply contracts. The agreements would settle litigation between DWR and four SWP contractor plaintiffs: Solano County Water Agency, the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, the City of Yuba City, and the County of Butte. (07/19/2013)
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DWR Announces Local Groundwater Assistance Grants
SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has awarded more than $4.7 million in grants to 26 public agencies from the Local Groundwater Assistance Program. Grant funding is provided by Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006. The program helps local agencies perform groundwater studies, monitoring, and management activities. Funded projects include installation of monitoring wells, groundwater recharge investigations, data gathering and development or update of groundwater models, preparation of groundwater management plans, and other programs to assist local agencies in managing groundwater in California. (07/10/2013)
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Feather River Flows to Increase Today through City of Oroville
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) this afternoon will increase Feather River flows through the City of Oroville. Anglers, swimmers and others are advised that both the velocity and elevation of the river will increase beginning about 2 p.m. today. Flows in the low flow section of the Feather, which runs through the middle of Oroville, will be increased in increments from 1,500 cubic feet a second (cfs) to 2,500 cfs. The increase is expected to last into next week. (07/03/2013)
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Governor Announces Water Smart Month
In recognition of the great volume of water Californians could collectively save in their homes and backyards, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Friday urged residents to make July “Water Smart Month.” “Conserving water is essential to our state’s future,” declared the governor Friday. “This precious resource is the backbone to the success of the state’s economy, public health, and abundant wildlife.” With triple-digit heat gripping parts of the state and reservoirs dropping to meet summer demand for water, the governor urged Californians to find ways to conserve daily. (06/28/2013)
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DWR Announces ‘Catch A Special Thrill’ for Kids Event in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
SACRAMENTO – Disabled and disadvantaged youth will enjoy a day of outdoor adventure June 15 in the first “Catch a Special Thrill” (C.A.S.T.) fishing event held in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Thirty-four area children and young adults will meet at Brannan Island State Recreation Area in Sacramento County for a morning of fishing on Delta waters with top boaters and anglers. The program is sponsored by the Department of Water Resources, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Boating and Waterways, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and the “Catch a Special Thrill” C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation. (06/11/2013)
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DWR Releases Draft Conduit Exemption Applications for Alamo Powerplant and Mojave Siphon Powerplant
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the Draft Initial Consultation Documents (ICD) for applying to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for approval to convert the existing 17 megawatt (MW) Alamo Powerplant (APP) and the existing 32.4 MW Mojave Siphon Powerplant (MSPP), both located on the East Branch of the California State Water Project, to conduit exemptions. (06/07/2013)
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Using Web Portals to Improve Scientific Understanding
Learn why you should, and how you can, be part of this collaborative effort, involving multiple government agencies and non-governmental organizations, working toward improved estuarine science, restoration and protection of beneficial uses. (06/07/2013)
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DWR and CDFW Award $3 Million for Salton Sea Fish and Wildlife Habitat
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) have awarded $3 million for projects to create wetland habitat for fish and wildlife dependent on the Salton Sea and to test technologies for future restoration. (05/29/2013)
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Season’s Final Snow Survey Shows Dry Conditions
SACRAMENTO – Snow surveyors today reported that water content in California’s snowpack is only 17 percent of normal, meaning below average water supply this summer. (05/02/2013)
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DWR Presents Climate Science Service Awards
SAN DIEGO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today presented its 2013 Climate Science Service awards at a drought prediction workshop in San Diego sponsored by the Department and the Western States Water Council. The awards recognize ongoing assistance provided by scientists who have been working with DWR on climate research. (04/30/2013)
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Media Advisory: Media Availability – DWR and Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA Aerial Snow Survey
Media Advisory: Media Availability – DWR and Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA Aerial Snow Survey What: Media Availability – DWR and Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA Aerial Snow Survey When: Thursday, May 2, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Where: South Lake Tahoe Airport (04/29/2013)
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Final Snow Survey of 2013 Set for May 2
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct this year’s fifth and final snow survey on May 2. One focus of media attention will be the manual survey scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at Phillips Station off Highway 50 near Echo Summit about 90 miles east of Sacramento. [Note earlier start time from previous snow surveys. The early start is to accommodate media attending the DWR-JPL/NASA aerial snow survey briefing at 10:30 a.m. at South Lake Tahoe Airport, approximately 10 miles east of Phillips Station off Highway 50. See media advisory below.] (04/29/2013)
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DWR Hosting Integrated Regional Water Management Workshops
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting a series of strategic vision and goal-setting workshops on Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM). IRWM incorporates the physical, environmental, societal, economic, legal, and jurisdictional aspects of water management into regional solutions. It is practiced across the state by local and regional agencies. Participation in IRWM is voluntary and is supported by the State of California. (04/25/2013)
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DWR Observes Water Awareness Month
SACRAMENTO – As 2013 emerges as a dry year, the Department of Water Resources encourages Californians to observe May as “Water Awareness Month.” "We are reminding everyone to make conservation a daily habit,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “Water is essential for our farms, businesses, and communities and we must manage its use appropriately.” Water Awareness Month originated as a joint effort of DWR and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) during California's 1987-1992 drought to educate the public about water use efficiency and conservation. (04/24/2013)
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Notice of Public Negotiation Session
DWR, Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency, Dudley Ridge Water District, and Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District will participate in a Public Negotiating Session on May 14, 2013 during a Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency Board of Directors meeting, to discuss proposed amendments to the long-term Water Supply Contracts between DWR and Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency, between DWR and Dudley Ridge Water District, and between DWR and Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District. The notice can be viewed by clicking on the link below. (04/18/2013)
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State Water Contract Negotiations Set to Start
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will begin negotiations in a public forum with State Water Project (SWP) contractors to develop contract amendments to extend the term and change certain financial provisions of their water supply contracts. The first negotiation session is scheduled for May 1, 2013. Negotiations are expected to last at least three months. An environmental review process, under the California Environmental Quality Act, will follow with opportunity for additional public participation. A final CEQA document analyzing possible environmental impacts is expected in early 2015. (04/17/2013)
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Workshop on Improving Drought Prediction Scheduled April 29-May 1 in San Diego
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is co-sponsoring a workshop with the Western States Water Council, in coordination with the Western Governors’ Association, on improving drought prediction at seasonal to inter-annual timescales. The workshop will be held on April 29 – May 1 in San Diego. Logistics information and the agenda may be found at: www.westernstateswater.org/wswc-cdwr-wga-improving-drought-prediction-workshop. The workshop will begin at 1 p.m. on April 29 and end at noon on May 1. The purpose of the workshop is to help the western states and federal water and science agencies identify and scope actions that could assist in improving drought prediction at the near-term time scales important for operational drought preparedness and response. (04/05/2013)
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SUMMIT UNDERSCORES CALIFORNIA’S COMMITMENT TO INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT
SACRAMENTO – Water leaders gathered today at California’s first Integrated Water Management Summit to hear top officials discuss their preferred approach to solving the State’s water and flood management problems. The Summit was hosted by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to address how to effectively manage limited water resources given the uncertainty caused by climate change, environmental regulations, flood risk, changing public preferences and unstable funding. Speakers included California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Director of Civil Works Steve Stockton and U.S. Rep. Jim Costa. (04/03/2013)
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Millions of People and Billions of Property at Risk for Flooding in California
APRIL 3, 2013; SACRAMENTO, CA – Reducing California’s future flood risk will require unprecedented cooperation and alignment among public agencies and a commitment to developing stable funding mechanisms, according to a draft report released today by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). California’s Flood Future: Recommendations for Managing California’s Flood Risk reports that $580 billion in assets are exposed to flood risk throughout the state, and 7 million Californians live in a floodplain. The report includes seven strategic recommendations intended to inform local, state, and federal decisions about flood management policies and financial investments. (04/03/2013)
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California’s Flood Future: Recommendations for Managing the State’s Flood Risk
WHAT: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will release on April 3, 2013 the public review draft of California’s Flood Future: Recommendations for Managing the State’s Flood Risk. DWR and USACE developed California’s Flood Future to provide a look at statewide exposure to flood risk, and to identify and address the barriers to improved flood management. Information for this report was received from 142 agencies throughout California. (03/29/2013)
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Snow Survey Dramatically Shows Dry Conditions
SACRAMENTO – Snow surveyors today reported that water content in California’s snowpack is only 52 percent of normal, with the spring melt season already under way. “With most of the wet season behind us, this is more gloomy news for our summer water supply,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. After a record dry January and February in much of the state, DWR on Friday decreased its water delivery estimate, or allocation, from 40 to 35 percent of requested amounts from the State Water Project (SWP). The 29 public agencies that purchase SWP water requested just over four million acre-feet of water for this calendar year. Collectively, the agencies supply more than 25 million Californians and nearly a million acres of irrigated agriculture. (03/28/2013)
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Season’s Fourth Snow Survey Scheduled for Thursday
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct the season’s next-to-last snow survey this Thursday, March 28. It is expected that the manual measurements will confirm electronic readings showing that snowpack water content is well below normal for the date. Remote sensors today indicate that statewide, snowpack water content is 54 percent of average for the date. That is also 54 percent of the average April 1 reading when the snowpack normally is at its peak before the spring melt. The snowpack normally provides about a third of California’s water as it melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers in spring and early summer. November and December storms built a heavy snowpack early this season, but conditions since have been unusually dry. (03/27/2013)
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DWR Decreases Water Delivery Estimate
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today decreased this year’s water delivery estimate from 40 to 35 percent of requested State Water Project water. The reduced allocation is due primarily to a record dry January and February in Northern California, where key reservoirs capture water to supply millions of Californians. Weather so far in March also has been relatively dry. California normally receives more than 90 percent of its rain and snow from December through April. Pumping restrictions this winter in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect salmon and Delta smelt also limit the ability of DWR to meet requests for State Water Project (SWP) supplies. (03/22/2013)
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Public Scoping Meetings on Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have published a Notice of Intent and Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report. The EIS/EIR will assess impacts associated with the implementation of actions I.6.1 and I.7 identified in the National Marine Fisheries Service's Reasonable and Prudent Alternative from the “2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-term Operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project.” (03/05/2013)
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Third 2013 Snow Survey Shows Continuing Dry Conditions
SACRAMENTO -- Snow surveyors today confirmed that water content in the mountain snowpack is well below normal for the date. The snowpack hasn’t actually lost much water content since the season’s first survey on January 2, when it was 134 percent of normal for that date, but it hasn’t continued to build as winter has deepened because of the continuing warm weather that set in after the storms of late November and early December. In other words, the snowpack has not kept pace with the calendar. As a result, today’s snowpack water content is only 66 percent of average for this time of year, and only 57 percent of the average April 1 reading, when the snowpack normally is at its peak before beginning to melt into the state’s streams, reservoirs and aquifers. The snowpack – often called California’s “frozen reservoir “– normally provides about a third of the water for California’s farms and communities. (02/28/2013)
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Third 2013 Snow Survey Scheduled for February 28
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct this winter’s third snow survey on Thursday, February 28.     It is expected that manual measurements of snowpack water content will corroborate the low electronic readings from remote sensors up and down the state’s mountain ranges.   Electronic readings today indicate that statewide, water content in the snowpack is only 68 percent of normal for the date, and 58 percent of the average April 1 measurement when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt.   Surveyors from DWR and cooperating agencies will fan out to numerous sites for the  third of five manual snow surveys made each winter to forecast the amount of frozen water that will trickle into streams, reservoirs and aquifers when the snow melts this spring and early summer. (02/26/2013)
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DWR to Present Local Groundwater Assistance Grant Applicants
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will present staff rankings of local groundwater assistance grant applications during a February 27 public meeting in Sacramento. The rankings of 98 grant applications will be reviewed with a technical advisory panel (TAP) and the public so that the TAP may formulate funding recommendations to DWR. Approximately $4.7 million in grant funding is available. The grant applicants request a total of $22.3 million. Scores and reviews, along with additional information, are posted online at http://www.grantsloans.water.ca.gov/grants/assistance.cfm. (02/21/2013)
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Second Snow Survey of 2013 Shows Below Normal Conditions
SACRAMENTO -- Snow surveyors today reported that water content in California’s mountain snowpack is below average for the date. Manual and electronic readings today record the snowpack’s statewide water content at 93 percent of average for this time of year. That is 55 percent of the average April 1 measurement, when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt. The snowpack normally provides about a third of the water for California’s homes, farms and industries as it slowly melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers in the spring and early summer. “We’re still seeing decent snowpack conditions due to storms in late November and early December,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “Those early season storms also erased the deficit in our reservoir storage, but relatively dry weather this month is once again a reminder that the weather is unpredictable and we must always practice conservation.” (01/29/2013)
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Second 2013 Snow Survey Scheduled for January 29
SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Water Resources (DW R) will conduct this winter’s second snow survey on January 29. The second snow survey each season is the first comprehensive look at the snowpack in which all snow courses active in the statewide network, approximately 250, are measured manually. In comparison, just 15 to 20 courses typically are manually measured in the initial surveys. The manual surveys – conducted on or about the first of the month from January through May – supplement and check the accuracy of real-time electronic sensors up and down the state’s mountain ranges. One focus of attention on January 29 will be the manual survey scheduled for 11 a.m. off Highway 50 near Echo Summit. This combined with the information gathered from all the manual surveys and the electronic sensors will give a comprehensive picture of statewide snowpack conditions. (01/24/2013)
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DWR releases draft PSP for up to $10.5 million in grants for desalination projects
DWR has released a draft proposal solicitation package (PSP) in preparation for Proposition 50 grants to projects that support brack­ish and seawater desalination as a local water supply. As much as $10.5 million will be awarded. Two public workshops will be held during the public review period on January 24, 2013 in Chino and January 28, 2013 in Sacramento The workshops are intended to provide information about this PSP, including application requirements, application submittal process, and criteria for review and selection of applications, and to receive comments on Draft PSP. The meeting in Sacramento is planned to be available as a webinar. Comments on the draft PSP will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 8. The final PSP is expected to be released in March. (01/18/2013)
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First Snow Survey of 2013 Shows Wet Conditions
SACRAMENTO -- Snow surveyors today reported that water content in California’s mountain snowpack is well above average for the date. Manual and electronic readings today record the snowpack’s statewide water content at 134 percent of average for this time of year. That is 49 percent of the average April 1 measurement, when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt. The snowpack normally provides about a third of the water for California’s homes, farms and industries as it slowly melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers in the spring and early summer. “We are off to a good water supply start for the new year, but we have to remember that we have seen wet conditions suddenly turn dry more than once,” said DWR spokesman Ted Thomas. “We know from (01/02/2013)
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