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pressrelease Retired Department of Water Resources Electrician Receives Medal of Valor, State’s Highest Honor
SACRAMENTO – The Kevin Mefford, a former hydroelectric plant electrician at the Department of Water Resources (DWR), is among 52 current and former state employees who will be awarded a Silver Medal of Valor today “for demonstrating extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism in order to save the life of another.” Nancy McFadden, Executive Secretary to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., was scheduled to present the awards in an afternoon ceremony at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento. The Medal of Valor is the highest honor given to state employees. (04/23/2015)
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DWR news release Groundwater Update Reports Posted, Will Support Implementation of New Groundwater Sustainability Act
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has completed the Groundwater Update to the California Water Plan Update 2013 with essential data, information and analyses that will be important to the successful implementation of a statewide groundwater sustainability management process. (04/16/2015)
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Generic graphic of miscellaneous headlines with the word Drought Triggers Need for Installation of Emergency Salinity Barrier on Delta Channel
SACRAMENTO—Faced with potentially insufficient water supplies to repel salinity in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), in consultation with federal and state water and wildlife agencies, is moving to install an emergency, temporary rock barrier across a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta channel. DWR seeks to install a single emergency salinity barrier across West False River in May, to be removed six months later in November. State and federal water and wildlife officials, working as a Real-Time Drought Operations Management Team, have determined that the barrier would help deter the tidal push of saltwater from San Francisco Bay into the central Delta. (04/15/2015)
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pressrelease State Climatologist Mike Anderson To Participate in '2015 Drought Briefing–Four Years and Counting'
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) are among the agencies that will present a morning-long briefing on California’s drought on Thursday April 9, 2015 titled “2015 Drought Briefing – Four Years and Counting: Impacts and Actions.” Among the presenters will be DWR’s Mike Anderson, California State Climatologist, whose presentation – “How Bad Is It? Drought Conditions Overview” – is scheduled to begin at 9:05 a.m. (04/08/2015)
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4-1-15 Snow Survey Sierra Nevada Snowpack Is Virtually Gone; Water Content Now Is Only 5 Percent of Historic Average
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) found no snow whatsoever today during its manual survey for the media at 6,800 feet in the Sierra Nevada. This was the first time in 75 years of early-April measurements at the Phillips snow course that no snow was found there. (04/01/2015)
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DWR news release DWR Announces Draft Funding Recommendations for Grants to Save Water and Energy
Sacramento – Strengthening California’s response to drought and long-term climate change, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced draft recommendations for the award of $19 million to 15 entities for projects that save both water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (03/30/2015)
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pressrelease DWR Schedules Next Manual Snow Survey on April 1; Snowpack May Set Record for Meager Water Content
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct this year’s fourth manual snow survey for the media on April 1 just off Highway 50 near Sierra-at-Tahoe Road approximately 90 miles east of Sacramento. Electronic readings show that the Sierra Nevada snowpack’s water content is lower than any year in records going back to 1950 – just 8 percent of the historical average in late March. (A list of the statewide snow water equivalents on April 1 from 1950 through 2014 can be found at the end of this advisory.) (03/27/2015)
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