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DWR Increases Allocation to DWR’s Water Contractors

SACRAMENTO January 29, 2018 – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced a statewide increase in water allocations. Going forward, the vast majority of State Water Project (SWP) contractors will receive 20 percent of their requests. Statewide allocations are based on conservative assumptions and may change depending on rain and snow received this winter. […]

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Initial State Water Project Allocation Set at ­­15 Percent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. November 30, 2017 – 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 will have […]

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A New Water Year Brings Uncertainty

SACRAMENTO October 3, 2017 – After five years of drought, the 2017 water year brought unexpectedly heavy precipitation, ranking second only to 1983 as California’s wettest year for statewide runoff. The dramatic swing in water conditions highlights the need to develop better long-range weather forecasting to cope with the state’s highly variable annual precipitation. DWR […]

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DWR: Updated Information Released on California Dams

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 1, 2017 –  The California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) today released updated information on 1,249 dams under its jurisdiction, including downstream hazard classification, condition assessment, and reservoir restriction status for each dam. The information reflects the most recent physical inspections and comprehensive re-evaluations by DSOD engineers and engineering geologists, as well […]

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Oroville Spillways Work Continues, Heat-related Safety Measures in Place

SACRAMENTO, June 21, 2017 – The following is a regular update from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) regarding Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project activities. Continued Recovery Work on the Main and Emergency Spillways Construction continues at the site by DWR’s prime contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West. Demolition continues on the bottom 600 feet […]

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DWR Releases Initial Findings from Forensics Team Regarding Lake Oroville Spillways

SACRAMENTO May 10, 2017 – 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 […]

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Oroville Spillways Work Continues, Feather River flow will increase to 27,750 cfs on Wednesday

SACRAMENTO May 8, 2017 – The following is an update from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) about construction-related activities on the Lake Oroville Spillways Recovery project.  DWR is committed to informing the public about the work being done to repair the damaged spillways and related impacts to roads, recreation, public access and surrounding infrastructure. […]

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Flows to the Feather River to increase this week

Oroville, California March 13, 2017 – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) continues to increase flows to the Feather River.  With inflows ranging from approximately 14,000 to 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), Lake Oroville has risen to 861.5 feet elevation.  Hyatt Powerplant continues to discharge 12,900 cfs through the 5 operational turbine generators.  Flows […]

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Road Repairs on Canyon Drive in Oroville to Begin

Oroville, California February 26, 2017 – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has partnered with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to address roads in Oroville and surrounding areas impacted by the trucks and heavy machinery driving through Oroville in response to the Spillway Emergency.  DWR, Caltrans, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Butte County, […]

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DWR Begins Outflow Reduction at Oroville Dam

Oroville, Calif. February 16, 2017 – DWR has begun reducing outflow from the Oroville Dam flood control spillway to support the removal of debris from the diversion pool located near the spillway. Removal of debris from the diversion pool further protects, safeguards, and provides for the eventual reoperation of the Hyatt power plant. This reduced […]

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Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Expected to Be Used as Soon as Early Saturday

SACRAMENTO February 9, 2017 – As it manages storm inflow to Lake Oroville with a main spillway damaged by erosion, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced late Thursday that the reservoir’s emergency spillway likely will be used, perhaps as soon as the early hours of Saturday. In that event, total discharges from the […]