The Department of Water Resources’ role in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Rich Juricich briefs the California Water Commission on the Department of Water Resources’ many roles, which include developing new regulations and providing planning, technical, and financial assistance to newly-forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies At the February meeting of the California Water Commission, Rich Juricich from the Department of Water Resources briefed the Commissioners on the Department’s role in implementing the Sustainable […]

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DWR announces public meeting on state preparations for emergency drought barriers, Thursday February 12

From the Department of Water Resources: Last month, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeking a programmatic permit to allow the installation of temporary, emergency drought barriers across three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  The temporary rock barriers would be installed only in the event of drought conditions […]

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This just in … DWR Plans for Possible Need of Delta Salinity Control Barriers

From the Department of Water Resources: It may be necessary to install emergency salinity control barriers across three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta if the weather stays exceedingly dry through spring. In order to prepare for worst-case drought conditions, and after an extensive environmental analysis and more than nine months of discussion with Delta residents and local water district […]

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Media call: State and federal officials discuss the 2015 Drought Operations Plan

Officials from the water projects, fish agencies, and the State Water Board review how they responded last year, and outline what they plan to do if conditions remain dry Today, officials from state and federal water agencies and fish agencies held a media call to discuss the Drought Operations Plan, and how the agencies plan to address a possible fourth […]

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This just in … DWR Increases 2015 Allocation to Water Contractors to 15%

From the Department of Water Resources: December storm runoff and close coordination among federal and state agencies to take advantage of it will allow the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase expected water deliveries in 2015 to most customers of the State Water Project (SWP) from 10 percent of their requested amounts to 15 percent.  The new allocation […]

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Survey Finds More Snow in Mountains, but Water Content Is Still Far Below Average for Date

From the Department of Water Resources: The first manual snow survey of the Sierra snowpack this winter found more snow than last year at this time, but the snow water equivalent as measured statewide remains far below average for this date. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the survey today about 90 miles east of Sacramento on a plot […]

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Federal, State Agencies Plan Drought Operations for 2015

From the Department of Water Resources Drought Page: “This week brings sorely needed and significant precipitation to California. But similar levels of rain and snow would have to fall consistently throughout this winter and spring for the state to begin to recover from extreme drought conditions. In preparation for a fourth year of drought, the directors of five federal and […]

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Delta Protection Commission hears about the Delta Levee Investment Strategy and DWR’s Drought Contingency Plan

At the November meeting of the Delta Protection Commission, Cindy Messer from the Delta Stewardship Council gave a presentation on the Council’s Delta Levee Investment Strategy and DWR’s Paul Marshall updated the Commission on the Drought Contingency Plan. Delta Levee Investment Strategy Cindy Messer, Deputy Executive Officer of Planning with the Delta Stewardship Council, began by noting that the  Council was […]

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Water Supply Index (WSI) forecast for December 1, 2014

From the Department of Water Resources: Welcome to the 2015 Water Year season of water supply forecasting!  The first water supply forecast has been completed. Forecast Summary: A Water Year 2015 Water Supply Index (WSI) forecast for conditions as of December 1, 2014 is posted at http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/iodir/WSI.2015. The accretions forecast will be sent at a later time. This WSI forecast […]

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Metropolitan, Kern County Water Agency, State Water Contractors react to initial State Water Project allocation of 10%

On Monday, officials announced the allocation for the State Water Project would be initially set at 10%; this figure could be increased or decreased, depending on how the season plays out.  Here are the reactions I’ce collected, listed in alphabetical order: From the Kern County Water Agency: Yesterday, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that the State Water […]

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