We’re hearing this question frequently, and it’s not surprising given California’s dry winter to date. We’d like to know the answer, too. The National Weather Service’s routine forecasts can only look out about two weeks ahead, and beyond that, there is little reliable skill in predicting precipitation for California.
Today, DWR debuts a new digital look. Our website redesign is but one of many changes that the department is and has been undergoing. In order to meet the evolving challenges we face managing California’s precious water resources, change is essential.
The wildfires of 2017 have charred hillsides across the state leaving communities downslope vulnerable to catastrophic mud and debris flows.
Rainfall in California was far above average in November. Then came December, one of the state’s driest months on record.
Since 1977, DWR’s water education program has helped California’s teachers educate their students about one of our most essential resources – water. In 2017, we reached an estimated 1,000 teachers and 150,000 students by providing classroom materials and professional development for teachers.
DWR's 2017 salmon spawning restoration project in the Feather River led to a successful fall run, with several hundred Chinook salmon spawning in the restored habitat.
As we begin water year 2018, our reservoirs are in good shape. After a drought-busting water year, most of California’s major reservoirs are storing more than their historical averages for this time of year, and slightly more than 50 percent of their total capacity.
Predicting the arrival and intensity of atmospheric rivers would greatly benefit water managers, reservoir operators, and flood prevention agencies in their work to sustainably manage water supply and protect people and property from flood damage. The trouble is, weather forecasting beyond a week becomes unreliable.
On November 1, we met our objective to repair and reconstruct the main Lake Oroville spillway to handle flows of up to 100,000 cubic feet per second.
In honor of Flood Preparedness Week, we held a press conference on October 23, 2017 to raise awareness about flood preparedness.