Update on DWR’s Reservoir Reoperation Study

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DWR’s Ajay Goyal tells the Delta Stewardship Council that there are benefits to reoperation of the state’s system, but they look to be limited Senate Bill X2 1, passed in 2008,  allocated resources for the planning and feasibility studies to identify potential options for the reoperation of the state’s flood protection and water supply systems that would optimize the use […]

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Panel discussion: Is it “go time” for a Delta fix?

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Agency officials give their views on the California Water Fix The California Water Fix hit several milestones in 2015, and 2016 is viewed as a critical year to move the project to the next level.  Is it finally time to ‘fix’ the Delta?  In this panel from ACWA’s spring conference held in Monterey earlier this year, DWR’s Mark Cowin, Kern […]

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California Water Fix: Last week’s media call upon submission of documents to State Water Board; Restore the Delta, Californians for Water Security respond

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Department of Water Resources and Reclamation submit documents to State Water Board, hold media call; Restore the Delta and Californians for Water Security respond Last week, the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation submitted their case in chief for the California Water Fix to the State Water Board in preparation for the upcoming hearing, scheduled to start […]

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Jeanine Jones: Current water conditions and preparing for 2017

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DWR’s Deputy Drought Manager Jeanine Jones talks about statewide water conditions and the implications for state water management At the National Water Research Institute Drought Response Workshop held earlier this month in Irvine, Jeanine Jones, Deputy Drought Manager with the Department of Water Resources, gave an update on the drought and statewide water conditions, touching on some of the implications of […]

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Water Supply Index (WSI) forecast for May 1st, 2016

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From the Department of Water Resources: DWR staff have finished the May 1, 2016 Water Supply Index (WSI) and Bulletin 120 (B120) forecasts. The forecasts include observed conditions through the end of April. The forecasts are posted at: WSI:       http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/iodir/wsi B120:     http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/iodir?s=b120 Forecast Summary: The projected median April-July runoff in the major Sierra river basins ranges from 49 percent on […]

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This just in … State Water Project allocation increased to 30%

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From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its water delivery estimate (allocation) for most recipients to 30 percent of requests for the calendar year. However, recipients are being warned that extended dry weather could force an allocation reduction. “Today’s increase, although good news, does not mean the drought is ending,” said DWR Director […]

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Considering climate change in water resources planning

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A look at the DWR’s efforts to address climate change impacts, as well as the modeling tools used in climate change analysis Climate change presents critical challenges for California water resources management.  In recognition of this fact, the Department of Water Resources conducts a wide range of climate change activities, including support for climate change analysis and adaptation planning by […]

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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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