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2009-01-30 12:52:10

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Thursday a new survey of California winter snows showed the most populous state is facing one of the worst droughts in its history. California produces about half of the United States' vegetables and fruit but is now in its third year of drought. Scientists said its main system supplying water to cities and farms may only be able to fulfill 15 percent of requests. A survey by the state Department of Water Resources shows that the snowpack on California's...

2008-11-12 21:00:08

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are set to begin the largest-ever environmental experiment to track juvenile salmon in the Delta. Beginning Friday, November 14, DWR and USGS scientists will release the first of 6,000 tagged juvenile salmon into the Sacramento River at Old Sacramento. Scientists will track their migration through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta over the next three months using unmanned, robotic boats and electronic gear. The data...

2008-10-31 18:00:21

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has scheduled a series of mid-November workshops on the Propositions 84 and 1E funded Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss how DWR plans to expedite both the Proposition 84 IRWM Implementation and Proposition 1E Stormwater Flood Management grant funding. On September 30, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SBxx1, which contained appropriations for the IRWM program. Proposition 84...

2008-10-30 18:00:16

Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Executive Director Timothy Quinn issued the following statement today on the initial 2009 water supply allocations announced by the Department of Water Resources. The department has notified State Water Project contractors that they may receive just 15% of requested deliveries next year -- the second lowest initial allocation in the project's history. SWP contractors deliver water to 25 million Californians and more than 750,000 acres of...

2008-10-29 15:00:16

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a report urging California's water managers to develop climate adaptation strategies. The report, "Managing an Uncertain Future: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for California's Water," details how climate change is already affecting the state's water supplies and sets forth a number of recommendations to help avoid or reduce climate change impacts to water resources. Disturbing trends over the last half century suggest...

2008-10-01 18:00:19

State Climatologist Michael Anderson, an employee of the Department of Water Resources, is encouraging California residents to participate in a volunteer program to measure precipitation. Rainfall captured in backyard rain gauges will be logged on an internet-based weather network developed in Fort Collins, Colorado by CoCoRaHS, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. California is the 36th state to join the network which has more than 11,000 volunteers currently. The...

2008-09-23 15:00:17

The Department of Water Resources will hold a workshop in Santa Rosa on October 9, 2008, to summarize current water conditions and preparations for the possibility that 2009 may be a dry year. The workshop will begin at 10 am; location information and the agenda are below. Santa Rosa State Building 50 D Street, room 410 Santa Rosa Opening remarks & statewide water conditions Meteorological...

2008-09-15 18:00:18

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released new advisory floodplain maps for Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley cities and counties. "Many of the existing flood maps do not reflect the most accurate information about the flooding potential," said DWR Director Lester Snow. "The new DWR floodplain maps will help provide a better understanding of the true risk of flooding to public safety and property." The maps are available at...

2007-12-13 18:00:21

The Department of Water Resources, in conjunction with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, has opened a temporary low water boating launch site at the Bidwell Canyon Boat Ramp. Because of low water levels at Lake Oroville (currently the lake is only 36 percent of capacity) all of the paved boat ramps have been closed. To provide for boat launching and recovery until the reservoir refills, the low water launch facility was constructed and will be ready for use beginning...


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