Tag Archives: drought

Panel Discussion: Allocating water during drought

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At the PPIC’s Managing Drought conference, State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus, David Guy, Bill Croyle, and Jill Duerig reflect on the past year and look ahead, discussing drought, data, discharges and decisions Earlier this year, the Public Policy Institute of California brought together water interests from all corners to discuss how the state responded to the exceptional drought conditions […]

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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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This just in … State Water Board Addresses State and Federal Water Projects Petition to Conserve Water During Drought Conditions; Board Also Announces Further Action to Curtail Water Diversions

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: Facing the likelihood of a fourth consecutive drought year, the State Water Resources Control Board announced two actions today that will allow the state and federal water projects to conserve water supplies in upstream reservoirs and more effectively operate their facilities in response to ongoing dry conditions. The actions, in response to a […]

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This just in … State Water Board releases staff report on ways to improve oversight of water right systems during drought for public review

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From the State Water Resources Control Board:   The State Water Resources Control Board today released a review of its implementation of the water rights system during 2014, part of an effort to improve the process as the state faces the likelihood of a fourth consecutive drought year. The staff review, developed from public input, focuses on ways to improve […]

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DWR and Reclamation file Temporary Urgency Change Petition requesting modifications to Bay-Delta requirements

The John E. Skinner Delta Fish Protective Facility, located 2 miles upstream of the Banks Pumping Plant, contains behavioral guidance devices, known as louvers, that divert most fish away from the pumps that lift water into the California Aqueduct.  At the Skinner Fish Facility, up to 15 million fish a year are saved from the pumps and returned to the Delta.

Water agencies request modifications to flow requirements, Delta Cross Channel operations and the export rate; outline possible future actions and factors to be considered during the year The Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have jointly filed a Temporary Urgency Change Petition with the State Water Resources Control Board requesting modifications for the next 180 days to […]

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Lessons from Australia’s millennium drought

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An Australian water official discusses the key policy initiatives that Australia enacted to respond to long-term exceptional drought conditions In the late 1990s, Australia began experiencing severe drought conditions that stretched on for well over a decade.  Australia is no stranger to drought, being known as the ‘land of droughts and flooding rains;’ however, the Millennium Drought as it would […]

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This just in … DWR Plans for Possible Need of Delta Salinity Control Barriers

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From the Department of Water Resources: It may be necessary to install emergency salinity control barriers across three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta if the weather stays exceedingly dry through spring. In order to prepare for worst-case drought conditions, and after an extensive environmental analysis and more than nine months of discussion with Delta residents and local water district […]

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Michael Anderson, State Climatologist: Climate, Drought, and Change

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The state climatologist discusses the current drought and the signs of climate change. Is the current drought a harbinger of the future? With the winter season once again seemingly passing California by, officials are bracing for a fourth year of drought.  Earlier this month, the Public Policy Institute of California held a half-day conference in Sacramento focusing on how the […]

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State Water Board: Notice of surface water shortage and potential for curtailment of water right diversions for 2015

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: In January 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), responsible for administering California’s water rights system, took a number of key actions to provide for an […]

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California Weather Blog: A new year, a new ridge: dry and warm conditions return to California, but how does the present pattern compare to last year’s?

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From the California Weather Blog: Weather conditions over the past two months have varied wildly throughout California.Extremely heavy precipitation and unusually warm conditions in early December in the northern/central coastal regions gave way to very cold and mostly dry conditions around the new year (though not dry enough to preclude some remarkable low elevation snowfall in the lower hills of […]

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