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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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DWR news release DWR Honored with National Climate Leadership Award
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has been honored by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership for its actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. (02/24/2015)
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DWR news release Public Comment Period Extended for Emergency Drought Barriers
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources has extended from February 25 to March 18 the public comment period on its analysis of the effects of temporary emergency drought barriers in three channels of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. (02/13/2015)
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DWR news release Public Meeting on State Preparations for Emergency Drought Barriers
SACRAMENTO -- Last month, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeking a programmatic permit to allow the installation of temporary, emergency drought barriers across three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The temporary rock barriers would be installed only in the event of drought conditions so severe that physical salinity control structures are needed to conserve water in upstream reservoirs for health and safety and critical environmental purposes. (02/04/2015)
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DWR news release Scant Precipitation, Warm Temperatures Produce Weak Snowpack
SACRAMENTO –The absence of precipitation in January, normally California’s wettest month, has combined with warmer-than-average temperatures to produce a dismally meager snowpack for a drought-stricken state.
Today’s second manual snow survey of the season found a snow water equivalent of just 2.3 inches in the scant snowpack near Echo summit approximately 90 miles east of Sacramento. That is just 12 percent of the long-term average for this time of year at that particular snow course. Statewide, the snow water equivalent as measured by more than 100 sensors was 4 inches today, or 25 percent of the historical average. That’s down from December 30 when DWR conducted the winter’s first manual survey; the statewide snow water equivalent was 50 percent of that date’s long-term average. (01/29/2015)
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