THIS JUST IN … Water Scarce to Recharge Groundwater Basins, New DWR Report Shows

Recent storms underscore the need for more innovation and investment From the Department of Water Resources: A first-of-its-kind analysis of California’s water resources shows that bringing local groundwater basins into sustainable balance — as state law demands – will require investments and innovations in integrated water management including conservation, storm water capture, recycling, desalination, water transfers, diversion, conveyance and storage. […]

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THIS JUST IN … Initial State Water Project allocation set at 20%

Drought Continues Despite Early-Season Rainfall Still early in California’s rainy season, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced its initial water allocation for 2017 of ­­20 percent of the requests by the 29 public agencies served by the State Water Project (SWP). Winter storms in coming months may boost today’s initial 2017allocation, but California’s deep drought lingers. “October’s storms […]

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This just in … New Strategy to Improve Conditions for Delta Smelt Shows Promising Results

Comprehensive Approach Seeks to Reverse Decline in Smelt Population From the Department of Water Resources: The initial monitoring of a new strategy to improve conditions for the endangered Delta smelt shows significant promise in creating a bloom in the plankton that nourish these imperiled fish. State and federal leaders were joined today by Sacramento Valley farmers and water providers along […]

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Update on DWR’s Reservoir Reoperation Study

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?

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 update: Groups respond to DWR and Reclamation’s objection to the request for extension

Additional groups file requests for an extension Several groups have sent letters in response to the Department of Water Resources letter to the State Water Board opposing the multiple requests for an extension of time after DWR and Reclamation submitted their documents to the State Water Board in preparation for the upcoming hearing. (In other words, it’s the response to […]

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California Water Fix update: DWR and Reclamation send letter to State Board, opposing an extension of time

Submitted information is not new, the letter states Last week after the Department of Water Resources and Reclamation filed their documents outlining their case for the California Water Fix project to the State Water Board, several groups made requests for extension of time to review the documents. In a letter to the State Water Board, DWR and Reclamation oppose any […]

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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

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

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

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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