THIS JUST IN … Initial State Water Project Allocation Set at ­­15 Percent

Conservative Allocation Typical of Early Season Forecast From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial water allocation of ­­15 percent for most State Water Project (SWP) contractors for the 2018 calendar year. That allocation will likely change depending on rain and snowfall received this winter. “It’s hard to know what mother nature […]

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California Water Plan Update 2018: Envisioning Statewide Water Sustainability

The update to the California Water Plan will be a much shorter and more succinct document than it’s predecessors – and will be finalized by the end of 2018 The California Water Code establishes the California Water Plan as the guiding document for water management in the State.  The California Water Plan is updated by the Department of Water Resources […]

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DWR’S SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER PGM NEWS: Draft BMP on sustainable groundwater management criteria available for comment; Schedule for basin boundary modification requests

From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Program: DWR Seeks Public Comment on New Draft Best Management Practice DWR has released the Draft Sustainable Management Criteria Best Management Practice (BMP). This BMP offers guidance on developing the four sustainable management criteria identified in the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Regulations: minimum thresholds, undesirable results, measurable objectives, and the sustainability […]

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DWR groundwater levels report shows mixed results

Although Spring 2017 groundwater levels have mostly recovered from last year, most have not yet recovered to pre-drought conditions Although Water Year 2017 was one of the wettest on record, it’s impact on groundwater levels across the state is varied, according to a report issued by the Department of Water Resources on Friday.  While spring groundwater levels have mostly recovered […]

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THIS JUST IN … Oroville Dam Incident Independent Forensic Team releases second interim status memo; also latest video from Oroville

Memo contains a summary of findings and opinions to date, as well as some lessons learned This morning, the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident Independent Forensic Team delivered the second interim status memo to the California Department of Water Resources, giving a summary of findings and opinions to date regarding the chain of conditions, actions, and inactions from the February 20, […]

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THIS JUST IN … California WaterFix Reaches Key Milestone as State Environmental Review Is Certified

From the Department of Water Resources: Clearing another major milestone toward the modernization of the state’s water delivery system, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today certified the environmental analysis of the California WaterFix. Today’s announcement follows recent federal biological opinions that confirm the project is consistent with environmental and wildlife protection standards. “Today, we have reached our next […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Brown appoints new Director of the Department of Water Resources

From the Office of the Governor: Grant Davis, 54, of Petaluma, has been appointed director of the California Department of Water Resources. Davis has been general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency since 2009, where he was assistant general manager from 2007 to 2009. The agency provides wholesale water, wastewater treatment and flood control. It is the largest energy […]

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OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAYS UPDATE: Transition from Incident Emergency Response to Incident Emergency Recovery, Main spillway gate closure, Dam cam, and more …

From the Department of Water Resources: The following is a regular update from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) on the Lake Oroville Spillways recovery project activities. Transition from Incident Emergency Response to Incident Emergency Recovery The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Sunday completed transition from Incident Emergency Response to Incident Emergency Recovery at the damaged Lake Oroville […]

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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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