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NASA Report: San Joaquin Valley Land Continues to Sink

SACRAMENTO February 8, 2017 – New NASA radar satellite maps prepared for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) show that land continues to sink rapidly in certain areas of the San Joaquin Valley, putting state and federal aqueducts and flood control structures at risk of damage. “The rates of San Joaquin Valley subsidence documented […]

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DWR Halts Flows Down Oroville Dam Spillway – Engineers Investigating Erosion

Oroville February 7, 2017 – The Department of Water Resources has temporarily suspended flows from the Oroville Dam spillway to investigate concrete erosion on the bottom half of the spillway.  There is no anticipated threat to the dam or the public. Approximately 20 percent of Lake Oroville remains empty, and DWR officials say there is […]

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State Water Project Allocation Increased to 45 Percent

SACRAMENTO December 22, 2016 – With reservoirs rising from December storms, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) boosted its early-season estimate of next year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply from 20 to 45 percent of most requests. “This winter’s wet start gives us hope we’ll be able to keep increasing the State Water Project allocation,” […]

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Quagga Mussel Infestation Triggers Boating Restrictions at Pyramid and Castaic Lakes, Including Fishing Tournaments

SACRAMENTO December 15, 2016 – Boats leaving Pyramid Lake and Castaic Lake are subject to restrictions to help prevent the spread of quagga mussels, which were discovered last week in a tunnel that connects the two Los Angeles County lakes, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today. Effective today, boats are subject to […]

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State Plan Seeks To Make Water Conservation A Way of Life

SACRAMENTO December 1, 2016 – Working to make water conservation a way of life, State agencies today released a draft plan for achieving long-term efficient water use and meeting drought preparedness goals that reflect California’s diverse climate, landscape, and demographic conditions. “Californians rose to the challenge during this historic drought and recognized that conservation is […]

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Initial State Water Project Allocation Set at ­­20 Percent

SACRAMENTO November 28, 2016 – 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 […]

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California Water Commission Seeks Public Comment on Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program Regulations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. November 22, 2016 – The California Water Commission, responsible for allocating $2.7 billion in voter-approved bond funds for new water storage projects, seeks public comment on an update of its draft regulations and additional documents related to the Water Storage Investment Program. A new public comment period opened on November 22, 2016 and will […]

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Officials Warn of Flash Flood Potential as Rainy Season Begins in California

October 24, 2016 – Flood and fire officials from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), CAL FIRE and the National Weather Service (NWS) warn that weather and land conditions across California increase the potential for flash flooding during the rainy season now under way.  Five years of drought conditions have exacerbated wildfires across the […]

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Statewide Water Conservation Drops Below 18 Percent in August​

SACRAMENTO, Oct. 5, 2016 — The State Water Resources Control Board today announced that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation declined to 17.7 percent in August, down from 27 percent savings in August 2015, raising concerns that some water suppliers are abandoning their focus on conservation as California heads into a possible sixth drought year. Californians […]

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Donner Lake will benefit from Water Exchange under Truckee River Agreement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 9, 2016 – The Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA) implemented in December 2015 provides new mechanisms for federal, states (California and Nevada), tribal and local agencies to address unique and challenging water management issues.  This week, parties to TROA exhibited flexibility and cooperation by agreeing to a series of water exchange transactions, […]