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KG Oro Spillway DWR Responds to Latest Independent Report on Oroville Findings Will Bolster Dam Safety Program
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Independent Forensic Team (IFT) released additional findings from its review of the February 2017 Lake Oroville Spillways incident. The report builds on the IFT’s interim memo from September 2017 that identified physical causes of the incident. While DWR is in the process of fully reviewing this lengthy report, the Department intends to incorporate the latest findings into its ongoing efforts. (01/05/2018)
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010318 Snow Survey Dry December Produces Below-Average Snowpack
SACRAMENTO – Today’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey east of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada found little snowpack, which was predictable after a dry December throughout California. Measurements at Phillips Station revealed a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 0.4 inches, 3 percent of the average SWE of 11.3 inches in early January at Phillips as measured there since 1964 (http://bit.ly/2CjmFiV). SWE is the depth of water that theoretically would result if the entire snowpack melted instantaneously. (01/03/2018)
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2018 Snow Survey DWR’s First Snow Survey of 2018 Set for Jan. 3
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct the first of five scheduled snow surveys in 2018 at Phillips Station in the Sierra on January 3. The Phillips snow course is one of hundreds that will be measured during the winter and early spring to support the California Cooperative Snow Surveys program. Water managers use measurements of the snowpack’s water content to help them anticipate runoff from the mountains during the spring snowmelt. DWR’s Frank Gehrke will brief the media on the Phillips measurements, and DWR Director Grant Davis is expected to discuss what the wet season’s current conditions may mean for California’s water year. More information on the importance of the snow surveys can be found at the California Data Exchange Center: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/ (12/27/2017)
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News release DWR and Reclamation take steps to improve salmon habitat restoration and fish passage on Yolo Bypass
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Department of Water Resources and federal Bureau of Reclamation took steps toward improving fish passage and rearing habitat in the Yolo Bypass today with the release of the draft environmental document for the proposed Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project in Yolo and Sutter counties. The document is being made available for public review and comment. (12/22/2017)
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Spillway construction update Lake Oroville Spillways Construction Updates
SACRAMENTO – Construction activities continue on the Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project. The following is a construction update from the Department of Water Resources (DWR): (12/21/2017)
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News release DWR Announces Lake Oroville Spillways Community Meetings
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting two public meetings to update communities in the region about the ongoing Lake Oroville Spillways recovery effort. The meetings will provide an opportunity for DWR to update community members on the operations plan for Lake Oroville during the 2017-18 rainy season as well as construction plans for 2018. Members of the public will have opportunities to ask questions as part of each meeting. Both meetings will have a similar agenda, format and content. (11/06/2017)
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