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pressrelease Emergency Drought Barrier Removal Underway in Delta
SACRAMENTO – Work by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to dismantle an emergency drought barrier that has spanned West False River between Jersey and Bradford islands since June is well underway, with breach in the barrier expected today. The barrier was erected to block salt water from pushing into the central Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from San Francisco Bay. The Delta’s water is used by 25 million Californians, including residents of the Delta and Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. DWR’s State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project convey Delta water through their aqueducts to distant parts of the state. (10/01/2015)
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DWR news release Water Year 2015 Ends as California’s Warmest Ever; Many Hope for Drought-Busting El Niño in 2016
SACRAMENTO – The turn of the calendar from September to October each year goes without fanfare in most of California, but for the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) State Water Project (SWP), each October 1 is the start of a new water year. Water Year 2015 has been noteworthy for much less precipitation than normal in California, temperatures much warmer than normal and a growing El Niño in the Eastern Pacific that many Californians hope will end the state’s drought. Most of all, Water Year 2015 will be remembered as the fourth year of one of the state’s most severe dry periods on record. (09/29/2015)
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pressrelease DWR Announces ‘Catch A Special Thrill’ for Kids Event at Silverwood Lake
SACRAMENTO —A day of outdoor recreation and fishing for disabled and disadvantaged children will be held at Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County on Saturday, September 19. The event is sponsored by the Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the C.A.S.T. (“Catch a Special Thrill”) Foundation. (09/17/2015)
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Sacramento, CA – Save Our Water – California’s official statewide conservation education program – today launched its “Fix It For Good” public education campaign at a turf replacement demonstration event put on by the California Department of General Services at the State Capitol. The campaign urges Californians to “Fix It For Good” by making permanent changes to save water by rethinking their yards, going water efficient with new toilets and fixtures and fixing leaks. (09/14/2015)
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pressrelease California State Climatologist: Drought Could Continue Despite El Niño
SACRAMENTO - State Climatologist Michael L. Anderson issued the following statement on potential El Niño conditions: “Current El Niño conditions cannot tell us how many storms may cross California this coming winter or how much rain and snow will fall in our state. Strong El Niño events in the past have led to wetter-than-average conditions in the southern part of the state but offered mixed results for California’s main water supply regions in the north. This uncertainty means that Californians should continue to use water carefully and sparingly in the face of the ongoing extreme drought. (09/09/2015)
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