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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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pressrelease DWR Report Describes Past and Ongoing Droughts
SACRAMENTO -- Severe droughts are nothing new to California, home to the highest variable precipitation in the United States. In the midst of a fourth dry year, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released an in-depth report comparing the severity and impacts of California’s most significant droughts, which stretched from 1929 to 1934, 1976 to 1977 and 1987 to 1992. The report also details the ongoing drought, which began in 2012. (03/25/2015)
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DWR news release DWR Develops Draft Strategic Plan for Implementing Historic Groundwater Laws
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) seeks public input on a draft strategic plan for its role in carrying out the historic sustainable groundwater laws enacted last fall by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. (03/20/2015)
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Generic graphic of miscellaneous headlines with the word 82 Percent of Californians Say Residents Should Conserve Water – Drought or No Drought, Poll Shows
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As California enters a fourth year of drought, a new statewide poll reveals that the vast majority of Californians – some 90 percent – are willing to make significant changes to conserve water both inside and out, and more than 80 percent believe it’s important to conserve water regardless of whether the state is in drought or whether conservation is mandated by local water agencies. The statewide poll of 801 registered voters – commissioned by the Association of California Water Agencies in partnership with the statewide conservation education program Save Our Water – also found that more than 80 percent of Californians view the drought and water shortages as “extremely” or “very” serious problems. Some 86 percent of polled residents believe that California is in a state of persistent water shortage. (03/17/2015)
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Snow Survey 03-03-2015 Third Manual Survey Confirms Shrinking Water Content
SACRAMENTO – The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which Californians rely on heavily during the dry summer months for their water needs, continues to disappoint this winter. Despite the snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Range over the weekend that gladdened ski and snowboard enthusiasts, it was not enough to offset weeks with no snow at all. Today’s manual survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at the Phillips snow course in the mountains 90 miles east of Sacramento found 0.9 inches of water content in the snow, just 5 percent of the March 3 historical average for that site. (03/03/2015)
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DWR news release State Water Project Deliveries Increased Slightly
SACRAMENTO – Few storms have graced California so far this winter, but those that did – in mid-December and early February – will allow the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water deliveries to most customers of the State Water Project (SWP) by an additional 204,000 acre-feet (AF). (03/02/2015)
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DWR news release Next Manual Snow Survey Set for March 3
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct this winter’s third manual snow survey on March 3 just off Highway 50 near Sierra-at-Tahoe Road approximately 90 miles east of Sacramento. (The date was moved from March 2; media that had inquired within the past few days about the survey are urged to note the change.) (02/26/2015)
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