This just in … Snowpack’s Water Content Far Greater than One Year Ago, But It’s Still Too Soon To Know Whether Drought Will Be Broken

A look at Lake Tahoe, Calif. from Hwy 50 on the morning of the first snow survey for the 2015/2016 season.

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the winter’s first media-oriented manual snow survey today, and despite the higher-than-average water content for the statewide snowpack, officials said snowfall during the remainder of the winter will largely determine whether California’s drought will be entrenched for a fifth year. DWR Director Mark Cowin said the heavy […]

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This just in … Initial State Water Project Allocation Set at ­­10 Percent

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From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial 2016 allocation of ­­10 percent for customers of the State Water Project. Depending upon the amount of rain and snow that reaches California this winter, the allocation may be increased or decreased.  If dry conditions continue into a fifth year of drought, DWR may […]

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DWR and State Water Board discuss their roles in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act at public meeting in Sacramento

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Meeting presentations include a look at the State Water Board’s intervention process With the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in the fall of last year, the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Board have been busy working on tasks related to implementation of the legislation.  Recently, staff from both DWR and the State Water Board held […]

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Emergency Drought Barrier Removal Underway in Delta

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From the Department of Water Resources: Work by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to dismantle an emergency drought barrier that has spanned West False River between Jersey and Bradford islands since June is well underway, with breach in the barrier expected today. The barrier was erected to block salt water from pushing into the central Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from […]

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This just in … DWR Statement Regarding Delta Independent Science Board Comments on RDEIR/SDEIS

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From the Department of Water Resources: “Statement from Cassandra Enos-Nobriga, program manager for the California Department of Water Resources, about the Delta Independent Science Board comments on the Partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIR/SDEIS) for California WaterFix: The Department of Water Resources is grateful for the Independent Science Board (ISB) review of the California WaterFix/Bay […]

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This just in … DWR Submits Permit Application for California Water Fix to The Corps

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From the California Natural Resources Agency: On August 26, 2015, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) submitted a permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for California WaterFix, a project that aims to modernize the way water is diverted from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by the State Water Project and Central Valley Project.  This milestone brings […]

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DWR presents the draft list of Critically Overdrafted Basins at public meeting in Clovis

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Staff give details on the background, the process for identifying critically overdrafted basins, the results and the next steps; public comment on the draft list closes on September 25 The Department of Water Resources has released for public comment a draft list of groundwater basins which have been identified as ‘subject to conditions of critical overdraft’. The evaluation and designation […]

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This just in … DWR and Reclamation submit joint petition for change in water right permits and licenses re: California Water Fix

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: On August 26, 2015, the California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation submitted a joint petition for change in water right permit and license conditions  for the State Water Project and Central Valley Project to add points of diversion of water on the Sacramento River associated with the California WaterFix […]

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This just in … Court petition filed to stop construction of drought barrier and require CEQA

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The Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy, & Reliability (CESAR) has filed a writ of mandate to to stop the Department of Water Resources from constructing a rock barrier in the Delta until the agency has complied with the requirements of California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The documents say that the drought barrier will have a significant effect on the environment […]

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This just in … DWR moves to install first drought barrier on West False River

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From the Department of Water Resources: Faced with potentially insufficient water supplies to repel salinity in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), in consultation with federal and state water and wildlife agencies, is moving to install an emergency, temporary rock barrier across a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta channel. DWR seeks to install a single emergency salinity […]

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