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News release Silverwood Lake Algal Bloom at ‘Warning’ Level
Sacramento – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has issued a “warning” advisory for Silverwood Lake’s Sawpit swim beach and Cleghorn swim beach due to the presence of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). (See Statewide Guidance on Cyanobacteria & Algal Blooms on page 2.) (07/14/2017)
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Pyramid Lake map Pyramid Lake Algal Bloom Now at ‘Caution’ Level; Toxin Level Lower than Last Week
Sacramento – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has detected a reduced amount of microcystins at Pyramid Lake’s Vaquero Day Use Swim Beach. The level now warrants a “Caution” to swimmers rather than the “Warning” that was issued at the lake on July 7. While swimming is now allowed, all recreational users are still urged to avoid direct contact with blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County. (07/14/2017)
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Statefair exhibits DWR’s State Fair Exhibits Inspire Water Conservation, Rain or Shine
SACRAMENTO – California’s five-year drought proved that water users up and down the state could achieve great water savings with planning and forethought.
After a record winter of rain, many people are asking if water conservation is still important. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) answers that question at the 2017 California State Fair (July 14-30 at Cal Expo) with its colorful exhibit, (07/12/2017)
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Pyramid Lake Pyramid Lake Algal Bloom Now at ‘Warning’ Level; Public Urged To Avoid Water Contact
Sacramento – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is urging boaters and recreational users to avoid direct contact with or use of waters containing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County.
Water from the swim beach at Pyramid Lake’s Vaquero Day Use Area was tested using a field test kit on July 6 and showed a reading of 10 micrograms of microcystins per liter, a level that prompts the issuance of a “Warning” health advisory and the closure of the swim area. (07/07/2017)
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Oroville spillway repair DWR Announces Next Round of Lake Oroville Community Meetings
SACRAMENTO – SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting three community meetings in multiple locations in July to update communities in the region about the ongoing Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project. (07/06/2017)
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San Luis Reseroir San Luis Reservoir Algal Bloom Now at ‘Danger’ Level
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) said today that people should stay out of the water at San Luis Reservoir in Merced County until further notice and avoid eating fish from the reservoir due to the presence blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). (06/30/2017)
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pressrelease DWR Releases Proposal Solicitation Package for Proposition 1 Water Desalination Grants
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the final Water Desalination Grant Program Round 4 Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP), which also includes the guidelines for the grant program. The grant program is funded by Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond overwhelmingly approved by California voters in 2014. Proposition 1 authorized the Legislature to appropriate funds for competitive grants for the desalination of brackish or seawater. The Legislature appropriated $93.1 million for this program, which is available in fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19. Applications are now being accepted through September 1, 2017. (06/27/2017)
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pressrelease California WaterFix Receives Authorization for Proposed Project
SACRAMENTO—Federal agencies responsible for the protection of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today provided biological opinions on the proposed construction and operation of California WaterFix. These biological opinions allow WaterFix to continue moving toward construction as early as 2018. This important project is designed to ensure a reliable water source for 25 million Californians while affording environmental protections for multiple species that depend upon the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. (06/26/2017)
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Bill Croyle Bill Croyle, DWR Acting Director, Retires
The California Department of Water Resources Acting Director William R. Croyle today announced his retirement, effective July 1, 2017.
Croyle put his original retirement plans on hold in January 2017 when he was asked by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. to serve as Acting Director of the department. Cindy Messer, DWR Chief Deputy Director, will serve as Acting Director of the department until a new director is appointed. (06/23/2017)
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Spillway repair Oroville Spillways Work Continues, Heat-related Safety Measures in Place
SACRAMENTO – The following is a regular update from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) regarding Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project activities.

Continued Recovery Work on the Main and Emergency Spillways
• Construction continues at the site by DWR’s prime contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West.
• Demolition continues on the bottom 600 feet of the upper chute of the main spillway.
• The final 1,000 feet of main spillway leading to the radial gates will be patched and reinforced, and will remain intact this year. This 1,000-foot section will be replaced and reconstructed in 2018. (06/21/2017)
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