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This just in … Third Manual Snow Survey Confirms Shrinking Water Content; Statewide snowpack just 19% of March 3 average

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From the Department of Water Resources: 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 […]

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This just in … Urban Water Conservation Drops From 22 Percent to Near 9 Percent in January; Additional Mandatory Conservation Measures to be Considered March 17

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: As California enters a fourth year of drought, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced a steep decline in water conservation during the month of January, considered the driest January since meteorological records have been kept. Additionally, per capita water use inched up in January as compared to December 2014. […]

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Daily Digest: State to deliver more water, Record California drought linked to climate change, water and eminent domain a volatile mix, and more …

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In California water news today, State to deliver more water – but not from Lake Oroville, Snow a welcome sight in the Sierra the day before snow survey reveals new drought data, Record California drought linked to climate change, Record warmth not helping the drought, Water wars escalate in the legislature with new proposals, Water and eminent domain: A volatile […]

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Bloggers on the drought, waiving environmental rules, levee design and prioritization, almonds, Tulloch Lake, oil drilling and water, Kern County sumps, groundwater management and more …

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The 2015 Drought so far – March 1:  Jay Lund writes, “Droughts are strange, and this one is becoming scarier.  February began with a nice few stormy days, but has since looked like this January – very dry. And so far, the March forecast is not wet.  At the beginning of March, the Northern Sierra (Sacramento Valley) Precipitation Index was […]

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Kern County Water Agency, Metropolitan, and the State Water Contractors react to slight increase in State Water Project allocation

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Yesterday, the Department of Water Resources announced a slight increase in the State Water Project allocation from 15% to 20%.  Here are the reactions from water agencies, listed in alphabetical order: From the Kern County Water Agency: Today, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that the State Water Project (SWP) water allocation will increase from 15 to 20 […]

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Managing turbidity for Delta smelt

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Metropolitan’s David Fullerton and Paul Hutton say there’s a relationship between turbidity and Delta smelt, and demonstrate that by cutting back Delta pumping at strategic times, they can avoid take of Delta smelt at the export pumps and gain water in the long-run At the February 24th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, David Fullerton, Principal […]

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News Worth Noting: Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document on 2015 CVP Water Transfers, ‘The Complete Story’ of the Water Action Plan, L.A.’s January water use continues to decline

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Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document on 2015 CVP Water Transfers for Public Review:  “The Bureau of Reclamation and the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority have released for a 20-day public review an Environmental Assessment /Initial Study and draft Mitigated Negative Declaration on the effects of proposed water transfers from willing sellers to buyers in the Sacramento Valley.  This EA/IS analyzes transfers of […]

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This just in … DWR raises State Water Project allocation to 20%

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From the Department of Water Resources: 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). The modest increase in SWP allocation […]

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Daily Digest: Central Valley, Delta water rights under scrutiny, bill would double federal funds for SF Bay, beavers saving salmon, and more …

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In California water news today, Central Valley, Delta water rights under scrutiny, Salmon hold on, but heat & drought may take toll next year, Beavers are saving California’s wild salmon, Bill would double federal funds to restore SF Bay, Congress to consider Sites Reservoir, Woodland to participate in Mayor’s Challenge to save water, Winter storm brings showers, hail, and thunder […]

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Statewide Water Conditions and Preparing for a Dry 2015

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Deputy Drought Manager Jeanine Jones with a look at statewide hydrologic conditions and what to expect in the coming dry year “We are looking at a fourth year of drought,” said Jeanine Jones, the Deputy Drought Manager for the Department of Water Resources as she kicked off the National Water Resources Institute Drought Response Workshop on February 25, 2015 in […]

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