THIS JUST IN … State Water Project Deliveries Increased

State Water Project allocation 100% for North-of-Delta contractors; 85% for other contractors From the Department of Water Resources: With record rainfall in the Northern Sierra and the snowpack still building, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its estimate of this year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply to 100 percent for contractors north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and […]

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THIS JUST IN … Northern Sierra Precipitation Sets Water Year Record

Atmospheric Rivers Pushed Total to 89.7 Inches since October 1 From the Department of Water Resources: Never in nearly a century of Department of Water Resources (DWR) recordkeeping has so much precipitation fallen in the northern Sierra in a water year. DWR reported today that 89.7 inches of precipitation – rain and snowmelt – has been recorded by the eight […]

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THIS JUST IN … Reclamation Releases 100 Percent Water Supply Allocation for Central Valley Project Contractors South-of-Delta

From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation today announced an update to the 2017 water supply allocation for all Central Valley Project contractors South-of-Delta to 100 percent of their contract supply for the first time since 2006. “Following the California Department of Water Resources exceptional March 30 snow survey results, Reclamation is pleased to announce this increase to […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Releases Plan to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life

From the State Water Board: As Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. ended the drought state of emergency in most of California today, state agencies released a long-term plan to better prepare the state for future droughts and make conservation a California way of life. Building on the successes and lessons learned from California’s five-year drought, the plan establishes a framework […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Brown Lifts Drought Emergency, Retains Prohibition on Wasteful Practices

From the Office of the Governor: Following unprecedented water conservation and plentiful winter rain and snow, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today ended the drought state of emergency in most of California, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices, such as watering during or right after rainfall. “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could […]

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THIS JUST IN … Snow survey results: Snowpack’s water content 164% of historical average

From the Department of Water Resources: With every monthly measurement of the California snowpack this winter, the state’s rebound from the previous five years of drought becomes more evident. Today’s electronic readings from 95 sites in the Sierra Nevada show an average statewide snow water equivalent (SWE) of 45.8 inches, or 164 percent of the historical average for March 30 […]

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THIS JUST IN … Oroville Dam, Monday: Spillway flows to go to 0 as work continues; “We will have a spillway to use November 1st,” assures Bill Croyle

This morning, the Department of Water Resources held a press conference about the continuing operations at Oroville Dam and along the Feather River.  Here’s what they had to say. ACTING DWR DIRECTOR BILL CROYLE Bill Croyle began by expressing his appreciation for the local communities of the city of Oroville, Butte County, and those downstream who have been participating in […]

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THIS JUST IN … Reclamation Announces the 2017 Water Supply Allocation for the Central Valley Project

100% to north of Delta and In-Delta contractors, farmers south of Delta get 65%, M&I gets 90% From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the 2017 water supply allocation for the remaining Central Valley Project contractors. On Feb. 28, 2017, Reclamation announced the water supply allocation for CVP contractors in the Friant Division (Millerton Reservoir), Eastside […]

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THIS JUST IN … ACWA, California Farm Water Coalition say State Water Board’s San Joaquin River flow proposal is the wrong approach

The organizations advocate a ‘functional flows’ approach Today was the deadline for comments to be submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on the proposal for phase 1 of the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan update, which recommends a range of between 30 and 50 percent of unimpaired flow, with a starting point of 40 percent. Earlier today, […]

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THIS JUST IN … Oroville Dam, Friday noon: Water to flow down damaged spillway today; Spill event to last five to six days

The Department of Water Resources held a media call this morning to give an update on the situation at Oroville Dam.  Here’s what they had to say: Acting Director Bill Croyle began with the numbers.  The lake elevation is 864’; the lake has risen about one foot in the last 24 hours.  The pleasant weather in Butte County and up […]

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