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Emergency Drought Barrier Removed from Delta

November 16, 2015

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has completed dismantling an emergency drought barrier that spanned West False River between Jersey and Bradford islands. The barrier was erected in May and June to prevent saltwater from pushing with the tides into the central Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from San Francisco Bay.

The barrier was an essential part of DWR’s strategy to maintain good water quality in the Delta, which provides water to 25 million Californians, including residents of the Delta and Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. DWR’s State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project convey Delta water through their aqueducts to distant parts of the state.

More information about the barrier removal project is available on the Emergency Drought Barriers webpage.

New Site Provides Data on Household Water Shortages

August 21, 2015

As the drought developed, local and state agencies started receiving anecdotal reports of household water shortages; however, there was no means to record or track these reports. In early 2014, the Governor’s Drought Task Force created a “Less than 15 Connections Work Group” (Work Group). This cross-agency Work Group agreed that an easily accessed system was needed to develop a more systematic understanding of which parts of the state had households at risk and to improve cross-agency response and coordination.

With the help of the Work Group, the Department of Water Resources has created a new system that improves and streamlines data collection and reporting for household water shortages for water systems with fewer than 15 household connections. The Household Water Supply Shortage Reporting System’s webpage provides summary tables, a map, and more information about the program.

NASA Report: Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink

August 19, 2015

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.

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