THIS JUST IN … Fifth Memo from Board of Consultants on Oroville Spillways Available

From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today posted the fifth memo prepared by the independent Board of Consultants (BOC) regarding the spillways at Lake Oroville. Following prior protocol set for the release of all BOC documents, the memo has been released with Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) redacted. The BOC is tasked with […]

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THIS JUST IN … New Report Shows 74 Percent of California’s Native Salmon, Steelhead and Trout Likely to Be Extinct in 100 Years, 45 Percent in 50 Years if Trends Continue

“State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water” report details crisis, IDs opportunities to reverse trend From Cal Trout: Fish and watershed advocacy group California Trout (CalTrout) and University of California Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences, provided key results from an in-depth report today detailing the status of 32 types of salmon, steelhead, and trout that are native to […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR Releases Initial Findings from Forensics Team Regarding Lake Oroville Spillways

From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today made public a memo from the independent Forensics Team, which outlines a list of potential physical factors that may have contributed to the Lake Oroville gated (main) spillway failure on Feb. 7. “This memo outlines the potential causes of the main spillway failure, which will be […]

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THIS JUST IN … Final Survey of 2017 Finds Water-Rich Snowpack: Statewide 196% of May 1st average

  From the Department of Water Resources: Today’s manual snow survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada found a Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) of 27.8 inches, 190 percent of the May 1 long-term average there (14.6 inches). Electronic measurements indicate the water content of the statewide snowpack today is 42.5 inches, 196 […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Rescinds Mandatory Conservation Standards

Reporting Requirements and Prohibition on Water Waste Remain From the State Water Resources Control Board: Today the State Water Resources Control Board rescinded the water supply “stress test” requirements and remaining mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers while keeping in place the water use reporting requirements and prohibitions against wasteful practices. The action by State Water Board Executive Director […]

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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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