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pressrelease DWR Seeks Final Public Comment on Key Draft Groundwater Regulations
SACRAMENTO – Historic legislation enacted by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last year empowers local agencies to bring groundwater basins into sustainable patterns of pumping and recharge. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will hold three public meetings this week to solicit final public review and comment on the draft regulations that establish a process for local agencies to follow should they seek to modify the boundaries of a groundwater basin. The public comment period began July 17, 2015, and continues through September 4, 2015. (08/31/2015)
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pressrelease DWR Releases Report on Climate Change Adaptation
SACRAMENTO -- Impacts for California under a changing climate include rising seas, longer droughts, less snowpack, higher temperatures and earlier snowmelt – all outcomes of climate change that already are underway and projected to continue. They are among the substantial hydrologic changes that will challenge current and future generations of Californians. (08/21/2015)
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pressrelease NASA Report: Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink
SACRAMENTO, CA — As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever before, nearly two inches per month in some locations. “Because of increased pumping, groundwater levels are reaching record lows—up to 100 feet lower than previous records,” said Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin. “As extensive groundwater pumping continues, the land is sinking more rapidly and this puts nearby infrastructure at greater risk of costly damage.” (08/19/2015)
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pressrelease DWR Releases Draft List of Critically Overdrafted Groundwater Basins
SACRAMENTO, CA – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has made preliminary identification of 21 groundwater basins and subbasins that have been significantly overdrafted by excessive pumping and thus fall under the earliest deadlines required by groundwater management laws enacted last fall. (08/19/2015)
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pressrelease California State Climatologist: Do Not Count on El Niño to End Drought
SACRAMENTO - State Climatologist Michael Anderson issued the following statement on potential El Niño conditions: “California cannot count on potential El Niño conditions to halt or reverse drought conditions. Historical weather data shows us that at best, there is a 50/50 chance of having a wetter winter. Unfortunately, due to shifting climate patterns, we cannot even be that sure.” (08/13/2015)
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pressrelease State Announces $30 Million in Rebates To Help Replace Old Toilets and Turf
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced two new rebate programs to help Californians replace inefficient toilets and tear out water-guzzling lawns, further conserving water during the state’s historic drought. (08/12/2015)
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