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ANNOUNCEMENTS


11/18/2014 - Executive Update of Hydrologic Conditions for November 01, 2014
A synopsis of statewide water conditions has been updated on CDEC as of November 01, 2014. This product is generally updated weekly, biweekly, or monthly (sooner if hydrologic conditions warrant it) during the wet season. Beginning about June 1, this product is updated monthly through the summer and dry fall months, unless there are significant hydrologic changes. The next anticipated update will be about Monday, December 10, 2014 for conditions on December 1, 2014. The Executive Update of Hydrologic Conditions can be found at:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reports/EXECSUM

11/10/2014 - 10-Day Feather River QPF
10-Day Feather River QPF for November 10, 2014 is available now. The next update of this forecast will be about Monday, November 17, 2014.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/QPF.pdf

11/06/2014 - DWR Pumps $14-Million into Drought-Proofing Sacramento Area
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced nearly $14-million to fund projects throughout the Sacramento region that will help provide immediate drought relief and prepare for future droughts. Grants totaling $200 million were made to agencies for projects statewide through an expedited funding process directed earlier this year by Governor Brown.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/110614.pdf

11/05/2014 - 2015, 83rd annual Western Snow Conference
83rd annual Western Snow Conference will be held in Grass Valley, California on April 20-23, 2015 in the Sierra Nevada foothills and about an hour from the Sacramento Airport.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/2015_WSC_First_Call_for_Papers.pdf

10/30/2014 - California's Strategic Water Plan Updated
Since 1957, the California Water Plan has served as the State?s strategic water management and planning roadmap. Today, October 30, DWR released the initial volumes of its latest Water Plan update, prepared over the past five years with input from hundreds of stakeholders. Update 2013 outlines California?s water challenges and details strategies to achieve responsible sustainability of our most precious resource for now and future generations. The Update is posted hereTo receive weekly Water Plan eNEWS, subscribe here.

10/30/2014 - DWR-led Process Updates California's Strategic Water Roadmap Highlights and Initial Volumes Released
SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released the Highlights booklet and initial volumes of the latest edition of the California Water Plan, which since 1957 has guided the State?s water resource management and planning. Update 2013 of the California Water Plan is State government?s strategic plan for understanding, managing and developing water resources statewide for current and future generations.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/103014waterplan.pdf

10/27/2014 - Snow Survey Procedure Manual
Snow Survey Procedure Manual is available now from Snow Surveys Website Home page under More Information links and, also available from Snowpack and, Snow webpages on both Snow Surveys and, CDEC webites. Please click the following link:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/SnowSurveyProcedureManualv20141027.pdf

10/17/2014 - 60th Annual Meeting of Cooperators, November 5-7, 2014
We are please to annouce that the 60th Annual Cooperators' Meeting of Snow Survey Program will be held at the North Tahoe Center in Kings Beach, CA, November 5-7, 2014. Please check the folloing links for more details:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/meeting/index.html
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/meeting/2014/index.html

10/08/2014 - Seismic Safety Work Beginning at Perris Dam
The Department of Water Resourcesthis month will begin a three-year project to upgrade the seismic safety of Perris Dam in Riverside County. The project will include strengthening the dam's foundation and adding a stability berm on top of the enhanced foundation. Access to hiking trails, undeveloped campsites and the Big Rock climbing site on the southeast side of the lake will close on October 15 for the duration of the project. Boating, fishing and other recreation activities will continue at the popular Lake Perris State Recreation Area managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/100214perrisdam.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/lakeperris/

10/08/2014 - WATER QUALITY, SUPPLY, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2014 - Funding Summary
The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, is a $7.545 billion general obligation bond proposal that would provide funding to address water quality, supply, and infrastructure improvement issues in California.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/100814regionalbondsummary2014.pdf

10/02/2014 - DWR to Begin Upgrading Seismic Safety at Perris Dam
SACRAMENTO - Access to the southeast side of the Lake Perris State Recreation Area in Riverside County will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday October 15 as the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) begins work to upgrade the seismic safety of Perris Dam. The closure will impact the Bernasconi area of the lake, and will remain in effect for the duration of the project. During the three-year construction period, access to hiking trails, undeveloped campsites, and rock climbing on the southeast side of Lake Perris will be closed. In addition, the road on top of the dam will be closed.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/100214perrisdam.pdf

10/01/2014 - DWR Releases Guide to Addressing Flood Risk in Local Government General Plans
SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released guidance for Central Valley local governments required to update their General Plans to address flood risk. State law (Government Code Section 65302.9) requires cities and counties in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys to incorporate flood risk data and analyses from DWR?s 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFFP) into their General Plans by July 2, 2015.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/100114floodrisk.pdf

09/26/2014 - Native American Day Celebrates Water
"Water is Life - Water is Sacred" was the theme of the 47th annual California Native American Day observance at the State Capitol on September 26. DWR offered water conservation tips at the event sponsored by the California State Tribal Liaisons. Traditional Indian dances, cultural exhibits and educational booths highlighted the day in which some 50 state, federal and other agencies participated.

09/24/2014 - DWR Educates Students on Water Conservation
On September 24 and 25, DWR is focusing on enlightening middle school, high school and college students about water conservation and careers in water. Department employees are staffing a booth at the Career GPS Fair at Cal Expo. Aside from providing information about careers at DWR, students can spin the DWR water wheel for a chance at fun prizes and take home career and water conservation materials. At Sacramento State on September 24, DWR reached out to students as part of the university's Water Conservation Day, held in the campus quad. DWR also shared water conservation tips, Save Our Water brochures and shower timers.

09/23/2014 - Opens Comment Period on Funding Recommendations for Proposed Projects to Alleviate Drought Impacts
SACRAMENTO - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced its recommendations to award $200 million in grants to 23 Integrated Regional Water Management Groups (RWMGs) for at least 110 projects and programs that will help alleviate drought conditions and improve regional drought preparedness. DWR recommends fully funding 18 RWMG proposals and partially funding five.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/092314openscomment.pdf

09/16/2014 - Historic Groundwater Legislation Becomes Law
Ensuring a sustainable supply of California groundwater is the goal of legislation signed into law on September 16, 2014 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. The three-year drought has increased groundwater extraction in many regions of the state and led to over-drafting and water shortages in some communities. The new law mandates the creation of local groundwater management agencies that will monitor extraction and create sustainability plans that must be in place in 20 years. DWR is given expanded responsibilities under the law, including requirements to revise groundwater basin boundaries and create guidelines for local agencies to write their Sustainable Groundwater Management Plans.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSWStigJv_8&feature=youtu.be

09/12/2014 - DWR Announces Temporary Road Closure near Oroville
SACRAMENTO ? A public safety project to improve water access in the Lake Oroville Recreation Area is under way, resulting in a temporary closure on Burma Road. The Department of Water Resources is aiming to reduce hazards associated with launching kayaks, canoes, and other car-top vessels from the steep, eroded bank.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/091214.pdf

09/09/2014 - Executive Update of Hydrologic Conditions for September 01, 2014
A synopsis of statewide water conditions has been updated on CDEC as of September 01, 2014. This product is generally updated weekly, biweekly, or monthly (sooner if hydrologic conditions warrant it) during the wet season. Beginning about June 1, this product is updated monthly through the summer and dry fall months, unless there are significant hydrologic changes. The next anticipated update will be about Monday, October 13, 2014. The Executive Update of Hydrologic Conditions can be found at:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reports/EXECSUM

09/08/2014 - Conservation, Industry Leaders Team Up to Restore Groundwater In California's Central Valley
FRESNO - With California experiencing one of its worst droughts on record - and as more Central Valley farms and communities turn to shrinking groundwater supplies to get by - an uncommon alliance of public, private and nonprofit leaders is offering some relief for dry years ahead. The California Department of Water Resources, Laguna Irrigation District, Kings Basin Water Authority, Coca-Cola and Sustainable Conservation are launching an effort in the heart of California?s San Joaquin Valley to recharge dwindling groundwater reserves using floodwater when precipitation returns to the Golden State.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/090814restoregroundwater.pdf

09/02/2014 - Join California's Save Our Water effort
Join California's Save Our Water effort by cutting back on your home landscape watering. Lawns don't need as much water as many people think they do, and it won't hurt to let them go a little brown this summer as we prepare for the possibility of another dry winter. The Save Our Water campaign, sponsored by the Department of Water Resources and the Association of California Water Agencies offers more water saving tips at
http://www.saveourh20.org/

08/27/2014 - Lead Agencies to Publish Partially Recirculated Draft BDCP, EIR/EIS, and Implementing Agreement
The Department of Water Resources and the other state and federal agencies leading the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will publish a Recirculated Draft BDCP, Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), and Implementing Agreement (IA) in early 2015.
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08/25/2014 - Landscaper Workshops Scheduled in Truckee: `Get Ahead or Get Parched: 6 Ways To Survive the Drought?
SACRAMENTO - A workshop for professional landscapers has been scheduled in Truckee, CA to help them efficiently manage water during the ongoing drought. Landscape watering is a prime conservation opportunity, since improperly managed outdoor watering can be exceptionally wasteful. The Truckee workshop (in English only) will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, September 5 at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District (PUD) building, 11570 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/082514.pdf

08/07/2014 - DWR Highlights New Photo Library
SACRAMENTO ? As California?s drought continues to focus media and public attention on the state, the Department of Water Resources is launching a new and improved online photo library. The self-service website allows users to download photos in a variety of formats and resolutions free of charge. The site replaces the older, static photo library that was accessible from the DWR home page.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/080714photolibrary.pdf

07/22/2014 - WHAT IS NEW Report product updated
WHAT IS NEW Report product has been updated. The link for What Is New is available from CDEC Home page under More Information content links. Please click the following link:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/whatisnew.pdf

07/22/2014 - New Water Supply Reservoir PERRIS LAKE
New Water Supply Reservoir PERRIS LAKE has been added to the Application project: [Major Reservoir Current Conditions Graphs] available from CDEC - Reservoirs webpage under RESERVOIR REPORTS links:http://cdec.water.ca.gov/reservoir_map.htmlhttp://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/resapp/resDetailOrig.action?resid=PRR
Also a new comparable PDF report product is now available by clicking the link [Printable Version of Current Data] from Perris Lake link mentioned above:http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/prrres.pdf

07/21/2014 - LADY GAGA JOINS SAVE OUR WATER EFFORT WITH PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Sacramento, CA - In partnership with the State of California's drought awareness program Save Our Water, international pop superstar and five-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga has released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) asking Californians to join the effort and take extraordinary measures to save water during the drought. The PSA is available on SaveOurWater.com, a new site designed to help Californians find ways to conserve at home and at work every day.

07/21/2014 - Landscaper Workshops Scheduled in Arcadia, Irvine: '6 Ways To Survive the Drought'
SACRAMENTO - Two more workshops for professional landscapers have been scheduled in Southern California to help them efficiently manage water during the ongoing drought. Landscape watering is a prime conservation opportunity, since improperly managed outdoor watering can be exceptionally wasteful. The Arcadia workshop will be offered in English from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29 at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia. The Irvine workshop is scheduled for Thursday, July 31 in the Irvine Civil Center Council Chamber, 1 Civic Center Plaza in Irvine. Registration has been closed for the morning English session due to high demand. The session in Spanish will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m.
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07/11/2014 - CALIFORNIANS ENCOURAGED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SAVING WATER AT STATE FAIR
Sacramento, CA - As the California State Fair kicks off today, Save Our Water a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is encouraging Californians to visit its displays featuring easy ways to save water inside and outside the home. Staff from DWR will be on hand to help attendees identify opportunities to conserve. Save Our Water displays have been popular at the State Fair for the last several years, but the extraordinary drought has brought water conservation to the top of mind for many Californians.
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07/08/2014 - Landscaper Workshops Scheduled in Riverside, San Diego
SACRAMENTO ? With communities throughout California experiencing drought categorized from severe to exceptional, water conservation has become critical everywhere in the state. Landscape watering is a prime conservation opportunity, since improperly managed outdoor watering can be exceptionally wasteful.
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07/02/2014 - Fourth of July Fireworks to Light Up Lake Oroville
SACRAMENTO - Oroville Dam in Butte County will be the site of a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display presented by community organizations in cooperation with the Department of Water Resources. Fireworks will begin lighting up the sky over Lake Oroville at 9:30 p.m.

06/30/2014 - 2014 Bay-Delta Science Conference
The Bay-Delta Science Conference will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center on October 28 to 30, 2014.
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06/23/2014 - Save Our Water Launches Don't Waste Summer Campaign
As a drought-stricken California moves further into a hot summer, Save Our Water a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies(ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources(DWR) is launching Don't Waste Summer, a campaign devoted to providing daily tips and news on the new campaign microsite ? SaveOurWater.com ? to help Californians find ways to conserve at home and at work every day.
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06/19/2014 - New PDF Report product San Joaquin Tributary Precipitation (5 stations) [in]
New PDF Report product San Joaquin Tributary Precipitation (5 stations) [in] is now available from Precipitation webpage under Monthly Precipitation links:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/5STATIONHIST.pdf

06/18/2014 - DWR Releases 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package
SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Water Resources has announced the release of the Draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package for the 2014 Water-Energy grant program. Total funding for the program is $19 million. The Water-Energy Program was established on March 1, 2014 when the Governor approved the appropriation of funds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

06/11/2014 - Drought's Impact Felt at Castaic Lake as Drawdown Affects Boating Recreation
SACRAMENTO - The water level in Castaic Lake in northern Los Angeles County continues to fall during California's drought and is now too low for boaters to use the lake's west boat ramp. The lake provides recreational activities for Southern California and, as a key component of the State Water Project (SWP), serves as a reservoir for water that?s distributed to nearby local communities.
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06/10/2014 - Landscapers To Learn Drought Survival in Fresno, Walnut Creek; Get Ahead or Get Parched: Six Ways
SACRAMENTO - As California's drought heads into the hottest and driest months of water year 2014, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) at UC Davis are inviting professional landscapers to attend workshops in Fresno and Walnut Creek on how to reduce water use through improved system efficiency. English and Spanish workshops will be conducted in separate sessions and will feature indoor and outdoor demonstrations on understanding precipitation rates to reduce runoff; improving sprinkler distribution uniformity to reduce water use; improving controller programs during mandatory water restrictions; determining application rates and precipitation rates of drip/micro irrigation, understanding soils to reduce runoff or deep percolation and understanding water meters to improve irrigation efficiency.
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06/09/2014 - PDF Report product Daily Statewide Hydrologic Update
New PDF Report product Daily Statewide Hydrologic Update is now available from Interative Daily Statewide Hydrologic Update product. The interactive product is available from CDEC home page under Current Conditions links:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/preciptemp/req/DailyHydroPdfServlet
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/floodER/hydro

06/02/2014 - DWR Releases Final 2014 IRWM Program Guidelines and Drought Grant Proposal Solicitation Package
Sacramento -- The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today issued the final 2014 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Drought Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP). DWR is soliciting proposals for $200 million in Proposition 84 funds to support projects and programs to help alleviate drought conditions and improve regional drought preparedness.
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05/29/2014 - DWR Announces 'Catch A Special Thrill' for Kids Event at Brannan Island SRA
SACRAMENTO - Disabled and disadvantaged young persons will enjoy a day of Delta fishing and recreation on Saturday, May 31 under sponsorship of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and other agencies. Co-sponsored by the "Catch A Special Thrill" (C.A.S.T.) for Kids Foundation, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, 40 children will boat onto Delta waters for a morning of fishing with top local anglers after receiving their own fishing rods, reels and tackle boxes. A BBQ luncheon and awards ceremony will follow at Brannan Island State Recreation Area in Sacramento County.
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05/06/2014 - Californians Don't Waste Hits The Radio
Save Our Water this week is launching a new statewide radio campaign to bring awareness to, and educate, Californians on how to save water every day. The radio campaign builds on an extensive statewide outdoor billboard program unveiled by Save Our Water last week.
Listen to the radio ads here on our Vimeo channel!
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05/05/2014 - DWR Observes 'Save Our Water' Month
SACRAMENTO -- As drought-parched California moves into another long, hot summer, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and other agencies are observing May as "Save Our Water" month as proclaimed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
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05/01/2014 - Year's Final Snow Survey Comes up Dry
SACRAMENTO - Today's final snow survey of the year found more bare ground than snow as California faces another long, hot summer after a near-record dry winter.
Today's manual and electronic readings recorded the statewide snowpack's water content ? which normally provides about a third of the water for California's farms and cities -- at a mere --18 percent of average for the date.
Just as telling was the April 1 survey that found water content at only 32 percent of average at the time of year it normally is at its peak before it begins to melt into streams and reservoirs with warming weather.
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04/30/2014 - SAVE OUR WATER LAUNCHES 'CALIFORNIANS DON'T WASTE' OUTDOOR ADVERTISEMENTS TO TACKLE DROUGHT
Sacramento, CA - Save Our Water - a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is launching a statewide outdoor media campaign to bring awareness to and educate Californians on how to save water every day. In tackling the worst drought in a generation, the campaign captures Californians? spirit of conservation delivering the message through simple, yet eye-catching billboards, which appeals to the Californian ethic ? we are Californians and we don?t waste.
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04/30/2014 - DWR Releases Report on Groundwater Basins With Potential Shortages, Monitoring, Gaps
SACRAMENTO - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a report on groundwater showing that throughout California groundwater resources are at historically low levels. Directed by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.?s emergency drought declaration in January, the report details basins with potential water shortages and gaps in groundwater monitoring. This report will form the basis for future actions to address current gaps in monitoring and oversight of groundwater resources.
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04/28/2014 - Season's Final Snow Survey Scheduled Thursday
SACRAMENTO - Department of Water Resources snow surveyors Thursday will take the year's final measurement of water content in the Sierra snowpack. Near-record low numbers are expected as California's drought pushes through its third year.
The May 1 survey is taken after the snowpack ? which normally peaks in early April -- has begun to melt into streams and reservoirs with warming spring weather. Statewide, the April 1 "peak" this year was a dismal 32 percent of average water content for the date.
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04/24/2014 - Workshops Scheduled To Assist Professional Landscapers Improve System Efficiency and Save Water
SACRAMENTO - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) at UC Davis are sponsoring two workshops in communities facing water watering restrictions during the drought to assist landscape irrigation managers reduce water usage through improved system efficiency. Local agencies and vendors also are participating.
The first workshop will be held 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 25 at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 801 Grand Avenue in San Luis Obispo. The second workshop on May 9 will be held in the City of Santa Rosa?s Utilities Field Operations Training Center, 35 Stony Point Road. The English session will run from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by a Spanish session from noon to 3 p.m.
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04/18/2014 - Delta Barriers Avoided and Drought Relief Actions For Fish Fast-Tracked
SACRAMENTO - Rain and snow from February and March storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water contract allocations for State Water Project (SWP) deliveries from zero to five percent. Precipitation from these recent storms also eliminates the current need for rock barriers to be constructed in the Delta to prevent saltwater intrusion. Additional flexibility in salinity control requirements is being sought as an alternative to the Delta rock barriers that is less harmful for fish, wildlife, and other Delta water users. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) announced that it will fast-track actions to manage and reduce the drought?s impact on fish.
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04/03/2014 - State Prepares $200 Million for Local, Long-Term Drought Relief
SACRAMENTO ? The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today issued its draft proposal for the expenditure of $200 million in bond funds for projects and programs that help alleviate drought conditions and improve regional drought preparedness. To help relieve the effects of drought and to comply with direction from the Legislature, DWR has developed a streamlined, focused solicitation process and anticipates awarding grants by the fall of 2014 to local public agencies and non-profit organizations that are participating in California?s 48 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning efforts.
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03/14/2014 - Court Ruling Not Expected to Delay BDCP
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) does not expect yesterday?s (March 13, 2014) California Court of Appeal decision to have any material impact on the schedule of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).
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03/10/2014 - Severity of Past Droughts Quantified by New Streamflow Reconstructions
SACRAMENTO ? As part of ongoing work to improve California?s drought preparedness and better adapt to climate change, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a report examining tree-ring data to help better understand historic periods of drought. The report helps develop long-term reconstructions of streamflow or precipitation for the Klamath, Sacramento, and San Joaquin river basins. The report, prepared for DWR by researchers at the University of Arizona, is available at: http://www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/docs/tree_ring_report_for_web.pdf. Funding for part of the Klamath Basin work was provided by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation under its WaterSMART program.
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03/06/2014 - Rain Means No Need to Water Outdoors for Weeks
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) does not expect yesterday's (March 13, 2014) California Court of Appeal decision to have any material impact on the schedule of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).
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02/27/2014 - Snow Survey Finds Slightly Increased Water Content
SACRAMENTO ? Storms are lightly blanketing the Sierra with fresh snow, but Department of Water Resources (DWR) snow surveyors today reported that snowpack water content remains far below what will be needed by cities and farms this summer. "We welcome the late storms but they are not enough to end the drought,? said DWR Director Mark Cowin. ?We can?t control the weather but we can control the amount of water we use. This drought is a wake-up call that we all have to take water conservation seriously and make it a way of life."
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02/25/2014 - Miner Slough Levee Repair Draft Initial Study & Mitigated Negative Declaration out for Public Review
DWR is proposing to repair the west bank of Miner Slough levee near the eastern edge of Prospect Island in Solano County. Repair work is expected to take place from August 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014. The project?s draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration are available for public review and comment from February 24, 2014 through March 26, 2014. See attachments for additional information.
 Notice of Intent ? Miner Slough Levee Repair...    Draft IS/MND...

02/25/2014 - DWR's Third Snow Survey of Winter Set for February 27
SACRAMENTO ? Department of Water Resources surveyors hope to find a bit more snow when they go into the mountains Thursday to measure snowpack water content. But water managers say this week's expected storms will do little more than dent California's persistent drought conditions. "California is in the grip of a game-changing drought and we have no idea how long it will last," said DWR Director Mark Cowin. "We already have been forced to set State Water Project allocations at zero, and we have nothing but more hard choices ahead until we see significant new amounts of rain and snow. One choice we all must make is to get serious about conserving water in our homes and places of work and make it a lifelong habit."
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02/21/2014 - Executive Update of Hydrologic Conditions for February 20, 2014
A synopsis of statewide water conditions has been updated on CDEC as of February 20, 2014. This product is generally updated weekly, biweekly, or monthly (sooner if hydrologic conditions warrant it) during the wet season. Beginning about June 1, this product is updated monthly through the summer and dry fall months, unless there are significant hydrologic changes. The next anticipated update will be about Friday, February 28, 2014. The Executive Update of Hydrologic Conditions can be found at:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reports/EXECSUM

02/21/2014 - DWR Testing New Technology to Guide Fish to Safety
SACRAMENTO ? The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is installing a floating, fish-guidance boom to prevent Chinook salmon migrating to the Pacific from taking a dangerous detour into Georgiana Slough near Walnut Grove. Placid appearing Georgiana Slough leads young salmon through the predator-infested waters of the interior Delta to a dead end at huge state and federal water export pumps. Studies indicate that 65 percent of the young salmon that enter Georgiana Slough don't survive. Many are eaten by striped bass or other predators, and some are lost to pumping operations of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project in the southern Delta.
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02/21/2014 - WORKSHOP SET ON REMOTE SENSING APPLICATIONS FOR WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND DROUGHT
SACRAMENTO ? Quantifying drought impacts and managing California?s water resources during drought conditions using satellite remote sensing will be among the topics of a February 25-26 workshop sponsored by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Sacramento Convention Center workshop will begin at 1 p.m. on Feb. 25 and last until noon on Feb. 26. Further details are shown on the attached agenda. The workshop is free to attend and is open to the public.
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02/18/2014 - Steelhead Study Focuses on Old and Middle River Flows
DWR has released the report titled ?Stipulation Study: Steelhead Movement and Survival in the South Delta with Adaptive Management of Old and Middle River Flows?. This report documents results and conclusions of the 2012 Stipulation Study. The overarching objectives for this study were to evaluate the effects of Old and Middle River (OMR) flows on steelhead survival, migration rate, and migration direction; estimate route selection under different OMR flow conditions; and provide steelhead tag detection data that could be used to adaptively manage OMR flows. The full report is available here:
http://baydeltaoffice.water.ca.gov/

02/13/2014 - DWR releases weekly update of the Bulletin 120: Water Conditions in California
The February 11th update to the Bulletin 120: Water Conditions in California is now available. The forecast includes observed conditions through the morning of February 11, 2014.
The forecasts will be posted on the California Cooperative Snow Surveys website - Water Conditions in California - B120

02/07/2014 - DWR to release first water supply forecasts of the year
The February 1st Bulletin 120: Water Conditions in California and the Sacramento (SVI) and San Joaquin Valley (SJI) Water Year Type Index forecasts will be available Monday, February 10, 2014. Bulletin 120 is a publication issued four times a year, in the second week of February, March, April, and May by the California Department of Water Resources. It contains forecasts of the volume of seasonal runoff from the state's major watersheds, and summaries of precipitation, snowpack, reservoir storage, and runoff in various regions of the State.

This Sacramento Valley Water Year Type Index (40-30-30), originally specified in the 1995 SWRCB Water Quality Control Plan, is used to determine the Sacramento Valley water year type as implemented in SWRCB D-1641. Year types are set by first of month forecasts beginning in February. Final determination is based on the May 1 50% exceedence forecast. Likewise, the San Joaquin Valley Water Year Type Index (60-20-20) is used to determine the San Joaquin Valley water year type. Final determination for San Joaquin River flow objectives is based on the May 1 75% exceedence forecast.
The forecasts will be posted on the California Cooperative Snow Surveys website.

02/05/2014 - DWR Director Welcomes Coordinated Federal Drought Aid
SACRAMENTO ? California Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin on Wednesday welcomed an "all-in" federal effort to help California cope with extreme drought. "The effects of this widespread drought are clearly beyond the control of local personnel, services, and facilities in nearly every corner of California," said Director Cowin. "It will require the combined efforts of all of our agencies to address the public health, economic, and environmental ramifications of this drought."
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01/31/2014 - DWR Drops State Water Project Allocation to Zero, Seeks to Preserve Remaining Supplies
SACRAMENTO ? To protect Californians' health and safety from more severe water shortages in the months ahead, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today took actions to conserve the state's precious resources. As a result, everyone - farmers, fish, and people in our cities and towns ? will get less water. DWR's actions are in direct response to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s drought State of Emergency. In the declaration, the Governor directed DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to act to modify requirements that hinder conservation of currently stored water and allow flexibility within the state?s water system to maintain operations and meet environmental needs.
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01/30/2014 - Snow Surveyors Find Sparse Snowpack Drought Retains Grip on California
SACRAMENTO -- Freshly fallen snow from late-arriving storms brightened the scenery but did not end California?s drought. The winter?s second snow survey today found far too little water in the still scant snowpack. ?This winter remains dry, making it very unlikely our record drought will be broken this year,? said DWR Director Mark Cowin. "Now more than ever, we all need to save every drop we can in our homes and places of work." Manual and electronic readings today record the snowpack?s statewide water content at only 12 percent of average for this time of year. That is a mere 7 percent of the average April 1 measurement when the snowpack normally is at its peak before melting into streams and reservoirs to provide about a third of the water used by California's cities and farms.
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01/28/2014 - DWR's Second Snow Survey of Winter Set for January 30
SACRAMENTO ? As winter slips away, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) expects to find far less snow that normal for the date when it conducts its second snow survey of the winter on Thursday. California?s stubborn drought, pushing into its third year, has left the Sierra largely bare of snow and the state?s reservoirs low. Storms finally breaking through a coastal high pressure ridge largely blamed for dry conditions are expected to bring some snow to higher elevations before Thursday?s snow survey, but not enough to dent the drought. Still, conditions may be better than on January 3 when the first survey of the season found more bare ground than snow.
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01/03/2014 - First Snow Survey of 2014 Shows Dry Conditions
As California's dry weather pushes into the new year, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced that its first snow survey of the winter found more bare ground than snow.
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12/30/2013 - Winter's First Snow Survey Set for January 3
SACRAMENTO ? With water officials bracing for a possible third consecutive dry year in California, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct the season?s first snow survey on January 3. This survey's results likely will be far different than last winter?s initial readings which showed water content in the snowpack at 150 percent of normal for the date, just as California was turning dry after wet storms in November and December. Today's scant snowpack dramatically illustrates the result of the near-record dry weather we have had since last January. Statewide electronic readings indicate that today?s snowpack water content is only 20 percent of normal for the date.
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12/19/2013 - 2014 Annual IEP Workshop
The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) for the San Francisco Estuary will hold its 2014 Annual Workshop at the Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom, Ca. February 26, 27, and 28, 2014.
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12/17/2013 - Department of Water Resources Names Drought Management Team to Prepare for a Dry 2014
SACRAMENTO ? The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has mobilized a new drought management effort to prepare for and reduce potential impacts of what is expected to be a third straight dry year in 2014. DWR Director Mark Cowin said the department is focusing its personnel and programs "to offset potentially devastating impacts to citizen health, well-being and our economy." Cowin has appointed Bill Croyle to lead the effort as department drought manager. Croyle has 30 years of experience in water operations, including seven years as DWR?s flood operations chief and 23 years with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.
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12/16/2013 - DWR Issues Draft State Water Project Reliability Report
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has issued its Draft State Water Project (SWP) Delivery Reliability Report for 2013. This report updates estimates of SWP delivery reliability. It incorporates restrictions on SWP and federal Central Valley Project Delta operations in accordance with biological opinions issued by federal agencies. The public comment period closes on January 17, 2014. The report may be accessed at the link below:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/121013drr2013_report.pdf

12/12/2013 - Executive Update of Hydrologic Conditions for December 1, 2013
A synopsis of statewide water conditions has been updated on CDEC as of December 1, 2013. This product is generally updated weekly, biweekly, or monthly (sooner if hydrologic conditions warrant it) during the wet season. Beginning about June 1, this product is updated monthly through the summer and dry fall months, unless there are significant hydrologic changes. The next anticipated update will be about Monday, January 13, 2014. The Executive Update of Hydrologic Conditions can be found at:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reports/EXECSUM

11/27/2013 - DWR Experimental Winter Outlook for Water Year 2014
As part of ongoing work to develop seasonal water supply forecasting ability, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) annually convenes researchers to develop an experimental winter outlook forecast, and to review other factors that may assist in improving forecasting skill at lead times ranging from several weeks to a year. The forecast for water year 2014 (October 1 ? September 30) is of particular interest since water years 2012 and 2013 were both dry, and 2014 brings the possibility of a third dry year.
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11/20/2013 - DWR Announces Initial Water Supply Estimate for 2014
SACRAMENTO ? The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial allocation of five percent of requested deliveries to State Water Project (SWP) contractors in calendar year 2014. The initial allocation is a conservative estimate of what DWR expects it can deliver as a percentage of the total amount requested by the public water agencies that contract for SWP deliveries. "We hope things improve with this winter's storms," said DWR Director Mark Cowin, "but there is no guarantee that 2014 won't be our third consecutive dry year. Today's allocation is a stark reminder that California's fickle weather demands that we make year-round conservation a way of life."
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11/19/2013 - Giant Garter Snake, Flood Control Aided by DWR Program
SACRAMENTO ? The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has begun an innovative program in the San Joaquin Valley to help local levee-maintaining agencies implement flood control projects while preserving habitat for the endangered giant garter snake. The ?advance conservation? program identifies and sets aside habitat, in this case snake habitat, before agencies begin work that could result in the taking of threatened or endangered species or their habitat. DWR has invested $4.1 million of Proposition 1E funds and contracted with Westervelt Ecological Services to create a giant garter snake conservation bank that can ultimately be used by levee-maintaining agencies in the south Delta and the Stockton area south along the San Joaquin River to approximately Fresno.
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11/14/2013 - 59th Annual Meeting of Cooperators' presentations are now available
The Presentations from the 59th Annual Cooperators' Meeting of the Snow Survey Program that was held at the Mount Shasta Resort in Mt. Shasta City, November 6-8, 2013 are available now:Please click here for the presentations:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/meeting/2013/index.html

11/06/2013 - Hidden Valley Ranch Purchase Strengthens Region?s Floodwater Overflow, Wildlife Enhancement Goals
SACRAMENTO ? Two State agencies have collaborated on grants totaling $9.3 million to purchase 497-acre Hidden Valley Ranch on the San Joaquin River near its confluence with the Tuolumne River in Stanislaus County. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) contributed $6.3 million and $3 million respectively toward the purchase, which was finalized today (11/6/13). The acquisition of Hidden Valley Ranch supports state and federal flood protection and conservation initiatives implemented through the Department of Water Resources? Flood Corridor Protection Program and the FloodSAFE Environmental Stewardship and Statewide Resources Office (FESSRO).
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11/06/2013 - DWR and California Conservation Corps: Delta Levees Flood Fighting Exercise
The Twitchell Island Functional Exercise will give the media the opportunity to observe and record the flood emergency response actions that DWR and local agencies would deploy to protect Delta levees from failure in the case of an actual flood emergency. Delta levees protect the state?s water supply to approximately 25-million Californians located throughout the state, from the Delta south to the border, and west to the cities of San Francisco?s South Bay. The exercise will test coordination between DWR Flood Operations, the California Conservation Corps (approximately 75 corpsmembers), the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services and Local Maintaining Agency Reclamation District 1601
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11/04/2013 - DWR Underscores Risk, Promotes Awareness during Flood Preparedness Week
SACRAMENTO ? California's vulnerability to flooding creates significant risk to public safety, the environment and the economy. During California Flood Preparedness Week (CFPW), Nov. 4-9, the Department of Water Resources and state, federal and local partners aim to educate Californians about flood risk in their communities and ways to prepare for flooding. To kick off this week-long educational effort, California was today inducted into the Silver Jackets program at a letter signing ceremony in Sacramento. Silver Jackets teams are state-led interagency groups that work together to focus on state priorities to reduce flood risk through increased flood risk communication and improved emergency response processes. Through Silver Jackets, federal, state and local agencies can better coordinate activities that increase public awareness of flood risk.
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10/25/2013 - DWR Announces 'Catch A Special Thrill' for Kids Event at San Luis State Recreation Area
SACRAMENTO ? A special day of outdoor recreation and fishing for disabled and disadvantaged children will be held at O'Neill Forebay at San Luis State Recreation Area in Merced County on Saturday, October 26. The ?Catch a Special Thrill? for kids event is sponsored by the Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW),and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation. Participants and their families will start the day with a breakfast followed by fishing with top local anglers. Children participating in the C.A.S.T. event will be on the water in their assigned fishing boats from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children will be from the Los Banos and Merced school districts.
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10/17/2013 - 59th Annual Meeting of Cooperators - Nov 6-8, 2013
We are pleased to announce that the 59th Annual Cooperators' Meeting of the Snow Survey Program will be held at the Mount Shasta Resort in Mt. Shasta City, November 6-8, 2013: Please click the following link for more details:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/meeting/2013/index.html

10/14/2013 - DWR Announces 'Catch A Special Thrill' for Kids Event at Silverwood Lake
SACRAMENTO ? A special day of outdoor recreation and fishing for disabled and disadvantaged children will be held at Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County on Saturday, October 19 under the sponsorship of the Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, who will sponsor a ?Catch A special Thrill? for kids event.
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10/04/2013 - Pyramid Lake Recreation Areas Closed Due to Federal Government Shutdown
SACRAMENTO ?The Pyramid Lake Recreation Area (PLRA) north of Los Angeles will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. today (October 4) due to the shutdown of the Federal government. Although the California Department of Water Resources operates Pyramid Lake and the PLRA, the U.S. Forest Service is the land owner. The Forest Service ordered the closure due to the Federal budget impasse. Areas affected are Los Alamos Campground, Emigrant Landing Day Use Area, Vaquero Day Use Area and Pyramid Lake, including all boat-in day use areas. All special use permits for bass tournaments are void. The Department of Water Resources? Vista del Lago Visitor Center overlooking Pyramid Lake on Interstate 5 will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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09/27/2013 - DWR Releases Draft Funding Recommendations for Proposition 84 Round 2 Implementation Grant Program
SACRAMENTO ? The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is inviting public comment on its recommendations for funding Proposition 84 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Implementation Grants. Twenty proposals covering 139 projects are recommended to receive grants totaling $131.1 million. The grant program assists local public agencies and non-profit organizations in meeting long-term water needs of the state, including the delivery of safe drinking water and the protection of water quality and the environment.
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09/25/2013 - DWR Announces Award of $91.8 Million in Proposition 1E Stormwater Flood Management Grants
SACRAMENTO ? Reducing and preventing damage from California?s future floods are the goals of 10 new grants to local public agencies by the Department of Water Resources (DWR). Director Mark Cowin approved $91.8 million in Proposition 1E Stormwater Flood Management (SWFM) Grant Program funding awards on September 20, 2013
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09/05/2013 - Preparing for the possibility of a dry 2014
SACRAMENTO ? The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is sponsoring events throughout the fall in preparation for the possibility that water year 2014 could be a third consecutive dry year. Preparing for the potential of continued dry conditions is also the focus of a joint California State Board of Food and Agriculture ? California Water Commission meeting next week. Water year 2012 ranked as the 25th driest year in terms of statewide runoff, based on a measured record of 112 years. Good reservoir and groundwater basin storage from a wet 2011 lessened impacts of dry conditions for many water users. Water year 2013, which ends on September 30, began with above-average precipitation but then turned dry.
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08/16/2013 - DWR Announces $750 Million Settlement on Electricity Charges
SACRAMENTO ? The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Friday announced a $750 million settlement with British Columbia utility Powerex, one of the electricity sellers accused of overcharging California power buyers during the state?s electricity crisis of 2000-2001. Money from the settlement will be used to offset the future electricity bills of the customers of Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric.
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08/15/2013 - Proposed Conveyance Project Changes Would Reduce Delta Impacts
SACRAMENTO ?The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Thursday announced changes to a proposed water conveyance system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that would shrink by 50 percent the total permanent footprint of the project, shift more than 400 acres of permanent and temporary construction impacts from private to public lands, and otherwise substantially reduce the effects of the project on Delta residents.
 Read More   Overview of proposed changes brochure   Reusable tunnel material brochure   Sandhill crane brochure   Map of proposed changes

07/25/2013 - DWR Approves Funding to Strengthen Delta Levees
SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has approved funding for 14 reclamation district projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to strengthen nearly 90 miles of levees to provide protection against flooding.
The projects will receive a total of nearly $30 million under the Delta Special Flood Control Projects? Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) Levee Repair and Improvement Project Solicitation Package (PSP). The projects include landslide levee repair, all-weather road construction, erosion repair and other improvements, along with mitigation for any habitat damage.
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07/10/2013 - DWR Announces Local Groundwater Assistance Grants
SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has awarded more than $4.7 million in grants to 26 public agencies from the Local Groundwater Assistance Program. Grant funding is provided by Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006. The program helps local agencies perform groundwater studies, monitoring, and management activities. Funded projects include installation of monitoring wells, groundwater recharge investigations, data gathering and development or update of groundwater models, preparation of groundwater management plans, and other programs to assist local agencies in managing groundwater in California.
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07/03/2013 - Feather River Flows to Increase Today through City of Oroville
SACRAMENTO  The Department of Water Resources (DWR) this afternoon will increase Feather River flows through the City of Oroville. Anglers, swimmers and others are advised that both the velocity and elevation of the river will increase beginning about 2 p.m. today. Flows in the low flow section of the Feather, which runs through the middle of Oroville, will be increased in increments from 1,500 cubic feet a second (cfs) to 2,500 cfs. The increase is expected to last into next week. Please click the following link to read more:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/070313.pdf

06/28/2013 - Governor Announces Water Smart Month
In recognition of the great volume of water Californians could collectively save in their homes and backyards, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Friday urged residents to make July Water Smart Month. Conserving water is essential to our states future, declared the governor Friday. This precious resource is the backbone to the success of the states economy, public health, and abundant wildlife. With triple-digit heat gripping parts of the state and reservoirs dropping to meet summer demand for water, the governor urged Californians to find ways to conserve daily.
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06/18/2013 - CDEC Website New Look
CDEC Website will have a new look starting Monday (06/24/2013). Initially, we are only posting changes to internal website (cdec). We'll test the new look for any possible tweeks and fixes. Please note that the file structure will NOT CHANGE, which means that all the URLs will remain unchanged. It is a baby step and, a work in progress to keep on improving the formatting in the coming time. After successfully testing, we'll also update the Public CDEC website. Please click the following link for a screen captured image saved as PDF.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/CDEC_new_looks.pdf

06/11/2013 - DWR Announces Catch A Special Thrill for Kids Event in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
SACRAMENTO  Disabled and disadvantaged youth will enjoy a day of outdoor adventure June 15 in the first Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) fishing event held in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Thirty-four area children and young adults will meet at Brannan Island State Recreation Area in Sacramento County for a morning of fishing on Delta waters with top boaters and anglers. The program is sponsored by the Department of Water Resources, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Boating and Waterways, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and the Catch a Special Thrill C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/061113_cast_brannan_island.pdf

06/07/2013 - Using Web Portals to Improve Scientific Understanding
Learn why you should, and how you can, be part of this collaborative effort, involving multiple government agencies and non-governmental organizations, working toward improved estuarine science, restoration and protection of beneficial uses.
http://www.water.ca.gov/bdma/docs/estuary_workgroup_tools_poster_2013.pdf

06/07/2013 - DWR Releases Draft Conduit Exemption Applications for Alamo Powerplant and Mojave Siphon Powerplant
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the Draft Initial Consultation Documents (ICD) for applying to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for approval to convert the existing 17 megawatt (MW) Alamo Powerplant (APP) and the existing 32.4 MW Mojave Siphon Powerplant (MSPP), both located on the East Branch of the California State Water Project, to conduit exemptions.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/060713.pdf

05/29/2013 - DWR and CDFW Award $3 Million for Salton Sea Fish and Wildlife Habitat
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) have awarded $3 million for projects to create wetland habitat for fish and wildlife dependent on the Salton Sea and to test technologies for future restoration. Read more:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/052913.pdf

04/29/2013 - Final Snow Survey of 2013 Set for May 2
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct this years fifth and final snow survey on May 2. One focus of media attention will be the manual survey scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at Phillips Station off Highway 50 near Echo Summit about 90 miles east of Sacramento. [Note earlier start time from previous snow surveys. The early start is to accommodate media attending the DWR-JPL/NASA aerial snow survey briefing at 10:30 a.m. at South Lake Tahoe Airport, approximately 10 miles east of Phillips Station off Highway 50. See media advisory below.]. Read more:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/042913_a.pdf

04/25/2013 - DWR Hosting Integrated Regional Water Management Workshops
SACRAMENTO  The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting a series of strategic vision and goal-setting workshops on Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM). IRWM incorporates the physical, environmental, societal, economic, legal, and jurisdictional aspects of water management into regional solutions. It is practiced across the state by local and regional agencies. Participation in IRWM is voluntary and is supported by the State of California. Read more:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/042513.pdf

04/24/2013 - DWR Observes Water Awareness Month
SACRAMENTO  As 2013 emerges as a dry year, the Department of Water Resources encourages Californians to observe May as Water Awareness Month. "We are reminding everyone to make conservation a daily habit, said DWR Director Mark Cowin. Water is essential for our farms, businesses, and communities and we must manage its use appropriately. Water Awareness Month originated as a joint effort of DWR and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) during California's 1987-1992 drought to educate the public about water use efficiency and conservation. Read more:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/042413.pdf

04/18/2013 - Notice of Public Negotiation Session
DWR, Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency, Dudley Ridge Water District, and Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District will participate in a Public Negotiating Session on May 14, 2013 during a Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency Board of Directors meeting, to discuss proposed amendments to the long-term Water Supply Contracts between DWR and Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency, between DWR and Dudley Ridge Water District, and between DWR and Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District. The notice can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Read More:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/041813.pdf

04/17/2013 - State Water Contract Negotiations Set to Start
SACRAMENTO  The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will begin negotiations in a public forum with State Water Project (SWP) contractors to develop contract amendments to extend the term and change certain financial provisions of their water supply contracts. The first negotiation session is scheduled for May 1, 2013. Negotiations are expected to last at least three months. An environmental review process, under the California Environmental Quality Act, will follow with opportunity for additional public participation. A final CEQA document analyzing possible environmental impacts is expected in early 2015. Read more:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/041613.pdf

04/05/2013 - Workshop on Improving Drought Prediction Scheduled April 29-May 1 in San Diego
SACRAMENTO  The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is co-sponsoring a workshop with the Western States Water Council, in coordination with the Western Governors Association, on improving drought prediction at seasonal to inter-annual timescales. The workshop will be held on April 29  May 1 in San Diego. Logistics information and the agenda may be found at: www.westernstateswater.org/wswc-cdwr-wga-improving-drought-prediction-workshop. The workshop will begin at 1 p.m. on April 29 and end at noon on May 1. The purpose of the workshop is to help the western states and federal water and science agencies identify and scope actions that could assist in improving drought prediction at the near-term time scales important for operational drought preparedness and response. Read more:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/040513workshop.pdf

04/04/2013 - Workshop on Improving Drought Prediction Scheduled April 29-May 1 in San Diego
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is co-sponsoring a workshop with the Western States Water Council, in coordination with the Western Governors Association, on improving drought prediction at seasonal to inter-annual timescales. The workshop will be held on April 29  May 1 in San Diego. Logistics information and the agenda may be found at: www.westernstateswater.org/wswc-cdwr-wga-improving-drought-prediction-workshop. The workshop will begin at 1 p.m. on April 29 and end at noon on May 1. The purpose of the workshop is to help the western states and federal water and science agencies identify and scope actions that could assist in improving drought prediction at the near-term time scales important for operational drought preparedness and response. Read more:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/040513workshop.pdf

04/04/2013 - SUMMIT UNDERSCORES CALIFORNIA'S COMMITMENT TO INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT
Water leaders gathered today at Californias first Integrated Water Management Summit to hear top officials discuss their preferred approach to solving the States water and flood management problems. The Summit was hosted by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to address how to effectively manage limited water resources given the uncertainty caused by climate change, environmental regulations, flood risk, changing public preferences and unstable funding. Speakers included California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Director of Civil Works Steve Stockton and U.S. Rep. Jim Costa. Read More:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/040313_sfmp.pdf

04/03/2013 - Millions of People and Billions of Property at Risk for Flooding in California
APRIL 3, 2013; SACRAMENTO, CA  Reducing Californias future flood risk will require unprecedented cooperation and alignment among public agencies and a commitment to developing stable funding mechanisms, according to a draft report released today by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Californias Flood Future: Recommendations for Managing Californias Flood Risk reports that $580 billion in assets are exposed to flood risk throughout the state, and 7 million Californians live in a floodplain. The report includes seven strategic recommendations intended to inform local, state, and federal decisions about flood management policies and financial investments. Read more:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/040313sfmp.pdf

03/29/2013 - California's Flood Future: Recommendations for Managing the States Flood Risk
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will release on April 3, 2013 the public review draft of Californias Flood Future: Recommendations for Managing the States Flood Risk. DWR and USACE developed Californias Flood Future to provide a look at statewide exposure to flood risk, and to identify and address the barriers to improved flood management. Information for this report was received from 142 agencies throughout California.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/032813.pdf

03/28/2013 - Snow Survey Dramatically Shows Dry Conditions
SACRAMENTO  Snow surveyors today reported that water content in Californias snowpack is only 52 percent of normal, with the spring melt season already under way. With most of the wet season behind us, this is more gloomy news for our summer water supply, said DWR Director Mark Cowin. After a record dry January and February in much of the state, DWR on Friday decreased its water delivery estimate, or allocation, from 40 to 35 percent of requested amounts from the State Water Project (SWP). The 29 public agencies that purchase SWP water requested just over four million acre-feet of water for this calendar year. Collectively, the agencies supply more than 25 million Californians and nearly a million acres of irrigated agriculture. Pumping restrictions imposed this winter to protect Delta smelt and salmon are another reason for the low water delivery estimate.
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03/27/2013 - Season's Fourth Snow Survey Scheduled for Thursday
SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct the season's next-to-last snow survey this Thursday, March 28. It is expected that the manual measurements will confirm electronic readings showing that snowpack water content is well below normal for the date. Remote sensors today indicate that statewide, snowpack water content is 54 percent of average for the date. That is also 54 percent of the average April 1 reading when the snowpack normally is at its peak before the spring melt. The snowpack normally provides about a third of California's water as it melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers in spring and early summer. November and December storms built a heavy snowpack early this season, but conditions since have been unusually dry.
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03/22/2013 - DWR Decreases Water Delivery Estimate
SACRAMENTO  The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today decreased this years water delivery estimate from 40 to 35 percent of requested State Water Project water. The reduced allocation is due primarily to a record dry January and February in Northern California, where key reservoirs capture water to supply millions of Californians. Weather so far in March also has been relatively dry. California normally receives more than 90 percent of its rain and snow from December through April. Pumping restrictions this winter in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect salmon and Delta smelt also limit the ability of DWR to meet requests for State Water Project (SWP) supplies.
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03/08/2013 - Habitat Use of Sub-adult Striped Bass Implanted with Acoustic Transmitters
Dr. Cynthia LeDoux-Bloom investigated the distribution, habitat use and movement patterns of sub-adult striped bass (sexual immaturity) over a 17 month period from June 2010-November 2011. Sub-adult striped bass (n=99) were surgically implanted with acoustic transmitters and tracked by a large, stationary acoustic receiver array located in the San Francisco Estuary Watershed and nearshore Pacific Ocean. Please click the following link for more info:
http://www.water.ca.gov/ssr/

03/05/2013 - Public Scoping Meetings on Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have published a Notice of Intent and Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report. The EIS/EIR will assess impacts associated with the implementation of actions I.6.1 and I.7 identified in the National Marine Fisheries Service's Reasonable and Prudent Alternative from the "2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-term Operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project." Please check the following link for more information:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/030513.pdf

02/28/2013 - Third 2013 Snow Survey Shows Continuing Dry Conditions
SACRAMENTO -- Snow surveyors today confirmed that water content in the mountain snowpack is well below normal for the date. The snowpack hasnt actually lost much water content since the seasons first survey on January 2, when it was 134 percent of normal for that date, but it hasnt continued to build as winter has deepened because of the continuing warm weather that set in after the storms of late November and early December. In other words, the snowpack has not kept pace with the calendar. As a result, todays snowpack water content is only 66 percent of average for this time of year, and only 57 percent of the average April 1 reading, when the snowpack normally is at its peak before beginning to melt into the states streams, reservoirs and aquifers. The snowpack  often called Californias frozen reservoir  normally provides about a third of the water for Californias farms and communities.
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02/28/2013 - Third 2013 Snow Survey Shows Continuing Dry Conditions
SACRAMENTO -- Snow surveyors today confirmed that water content in the mountain snowpack is well below normal for the date. The snowpack hasnt actually lost much water content since the seasons first survey on January 2, when it was 134 percent of normal for that date, but it hasnt continued to build as winter has deepened because of the continuing warm weather that set in after the storms of late November and early December. In other words, the snowpack has not kept pace with the calendar. As a result, todays snowpack water content is only 66 percent of average for this time of year, and only 57 percent of the average April 1 reading, when the snowpack normally is at its peak before beginning to melt into the states streams, reservoirs and aquifers. The snowpack  often called Californias frozen reservoir  normally provides about a third of the water for Californias farms and communities.
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02/26/2013 - Third 2013 Snow Survey Scheduled for February 28
SACRAMENTO  The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct this winters third snow survey on Thursday, February 28. It is expected that manual measurements of snowpack water content will corroborate the low electronic readings from remote sensors up and down the states mountain ranges. Electronic readings today indicate that statewide, water content in the snowpack is only 68 percent of normal for the date, and 58 percent of the average April 1 measurement when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt. Surveyors from DWR and cooperating agencies will fan out to numerous sites for the third of five manual snow surveys made each winter to forecast the amount of frozen water that will trickle into streams, reservoirs and aquifers when the snow melts this spring and early summer.
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01/29/2013 - Second Snow Survey of 2013 Shows Below Normal Conditions
SACRAMENTO -- Snow surveyors today reported that water content in Californias mountain snowpack is below average for the date. Manual and electronic readings today record the snowpacks statewide water content at 93 percent of average for this time of year. That is 55 percent of the average April 1 measurement, when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt. The snowpack normally provides about a third of the water for Californias homes, farms and industries as it slowly melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers in the spring and early summer. Were still seeing decent snowpack conditions due to storms in late November and early December, said DWR Director Mark Cowin. Those early season storms also erased the deficit in our reservoir storage, but relatively dry weather this month is once again a reminder that the weather is unpredictable and we must always practice conservation.
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01/24/2013 - Second 2013 Snow Survey Scheduled for January 29
SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Water Resources (DW R) will conduct this winters second snow survey on January 29. The second snow survey each season is the first comprehensive look at the snowpack in which all snow courses active in the statewide network, approximately 250, are measured manually. In comparison, just 15 to 20 courses typically are manually measured in the initial surveys. The manual surveys  conducted on or about the first of the month from January through May  supplement and check the accuracy of real-time electronic sensors up and down the states mountain ranges. One focus of attention on January 29 will be the manual survey scheduled for 11 a.m. off Highway 50 near Echo Summit. This combined with the information gathered from all the manual surveys and the electronic sensors will give a comprehensive picture of statewide snowpack conditions.
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01/18/2013 - DWR releases draft PSP for up to $10.5 million in grants for desalination projects
DWR has released a draft proposal solicitation package (PSP) in preparation for Proposition 50 grants to projects that support brack-ish and seawater desalination as a local water supply. As much as $10.5 million will be awarded. Two public workshops will be held during the public review period on January 24, 2013 in Chino and January 28, 2013 in Sacramento The workshops are intended to provide information about this PSP, including application requirements, application submittal process, and criteria for review and selection of applications, and to receive comments on Draft PSP. The meeting in Sacramento is planned to be available as a webinar. Comments on the draft PSP will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 8. The final PSP is expected to be released in March.
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01/02/2013 - First Snow Survey of 2013 Shows Wet Conditions
SACRAMENTO -- Snow surveyors today reported that water content in Californias mountain snowpack is well above average for the date. Manual and electronic readings today record the snowpacks statewide water content at 134 percent of average for this time of year. That is 49 percent of the average April 1 measurement, when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt. The snowpack normally provides about a third of the water for Californias homes, farms and industries as it slowly melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers in the spring and early summer. We are off to a good water supply start for the new year, but we have to remember that we have seen wet conditions suddenly turn dry more than once, said DWR spokesman Ted Thomas. We know from
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12/31/2012 - First 2013 Snow Survey Scheduled for January 2
SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct this winters first snow survey on January 2. A traditional center of attention will be the manual survey scheduled for 11 a.m. off Highway 50 near Echo Summit. This and other manual and electronic readings up and down the state will determine the amount of water in the early winter snowpack. Thanks to early season storms, electronic readings indicate that statewide, todays snowpack water content is 146 percent of normal for the date. The snowpack normally provides about a third of the water for Californias households, farms and industries as it slowly melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers in spring and early summer.
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12/27/2012 - DWR water use scientists install a Geostationary-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES
Department of Water Resources water use scientists install a Geostationary-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) dish on top of the Department's North Central Region Office building in West Sacramento. The dish receives data collected by the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) from more than 140 automated weather stations throughout California. The information is primarily used by farmers and urban water users to precisely determine the amount of water needed for crops and landscaping.

12/20/2012 - Delta Flood Exercise Staged by DWR and CCC
Bill Croyle, DWR Flood Operations Chief, gives advice as members of the California Conservation Corps hone their flood fighting skills in a large-scale, December 12 emergency response exercise on Twitchell Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, scene of a major, real-life flood fight on New Year's Day, 2006. During the flood fight simulation, CCC members from Humboldt County to San Diego practiced sandbagging and other techniques to protect Delta levees that protect not only lives and property, but the source of drinking water for more than 25 million Californians.

12/04/2012 - NOAA, California partner to improve forecasts of powerful "atmospheric river" winter storms
NOAA scientists and colleagues are installing the first of four long-term "atmospheric river observatories" in coastal California this month to better monitor and predict the impacts of landfalling atmospheric rivers. These powerful winter systems, sometimes called "pineapple express" storms, can be beneficial, in that they help to fill the states reservoirs, but they can also cause destructive floods and debris flows. The coastal observatories, which are arrays of custom instruments, are being installed in collaboration with theCalifornia Department of Water Resources and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. The observatories will give weather forecasters, emergency managers and water resource experts detailedinformation about incoming storms such as winds and water content.
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12/03/2012 - FLOOD ALERT RESCINDED
The Flood Alert that was issued on November 28, 2012 is rescinded as of December 3, 2012 at16:00 hours. For additional information, please see the attached memo from Flood Operations Branch Chief, William Croyler
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/120312_Flood_Alert_Rescind.pdf

12/03/2012 - FLOOD ALERT RESCINDED
The Flood Alert that was issued on November 28, 2012 is rescinded as of December 3, 2012 at16:00 hours. For additional information, please see the attached memo from Flood Operations Branch Chief, William Croyler
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/120312_Flood_Alert_Rescind.pdf

12/03/2012 - FLOOD ALERT RESCINDED
The Flood Alert that was issued on November 28, 2012 is rescinded as of December 3, 2012 at16:00 hours. For additional information, please see the attached memo from Flood Operations Branch Chief, William Croyler
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/120312_Flood_Alert_Rescind.pdf

11/30/2012 - DWR Announces Initial Water Delivery Estimate for 2013
SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial allocation of 30 percent of requested deliveries to State Water Project (SWP) contractors in calendar year 2013.The initial allocation -- or water delivery estimate  is always conservative because it is made early in the storm cycle. The state normally receives more than 90 percent of its snow and rain from December through April and todays allocation is expected to increase as more storms roll in."This week's storms are giving us an early water supply boost, while at the same time putting our flood center on alert," said DWR Director Mark Cowin.
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11/26/2012 - 58th Annual Meeting of Cooperators, November 7-9, 2012, Presentations
Please click the following link for California Cooperative Snow Surveys - 2012 CCSS Meeting Presentations:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/meeting/2012/index.html

11/02/2012 - Virtual Workspace for Bay-Delta Scientist Collaboration
The California Estuary Monitoring Workgroup has created a website that is a virtual space where Bay-Delta scientists work together using research, monitoring and assessment data to develop a better understanding of the Bay-Delta Estuary.
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10/15/2012 - State, Federal Agencies Advise How to Prepare for Flood
At least once in the last 20 years, every county in California has had a federal flood disaster declared in its borders, and with winter storms looming, government agencies are urging Californians to learn their risk and prepare for the worst. California's first-ever Flood Preparedness Week kicks off today, October 15, with a blitz of social media messages and the launch of a new educational website sponsored by State and federal agencies. The flood preparedness education campaign is a joint effort by the California Department of Water Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the California Emergency Management Agency, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration's National Weather Service, and Sacramento County.
News Release

10/10/2012 - DWR Adds Green Energy for the State Water Project
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR), in an effort to "green" the energy portfolio of the State Water Project, has entered into a renewable power purchase agreement with Alameda Municipal Power. The agreement runs for slightly more than four years, from October 15, 2012 through December 31, 2016. The renewable power procured under this agreement will help fill the energy gap for the State Water Project with a much cleaner resource than an expiring DWR contract for coal-fired generation. The new contract will provide 33 megawatts (MW) of certified renewable energy with 28.3 MW from an existing geothermal project and 5.3 MW from landfill gas energy. Under this agreement, DWR will receive an estimated 183,000 megawatt-hours of annual generation.
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10/05/2012 - Beginning of the New Water Year
October 1st marks the beginning of the new water year, which represents the wet season in California. In this episode of the Aquacast, DWRs Interstate Resources Manager Jeanine Jones explains what the water year means, the status of current water conditions, and what to expect if 2013 turns out to be a dry year.
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09/28/2012 - DWR Announces the 2012 Annual Meeting of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program
The 58th Annual Meeting of Cooperators, November 7-9, 2012 at Wuksachi Lodge, Sequoia-Kings National Park, CA. Please click the following link for more details:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/meeting/2012/

09/27/2012 - DWRs Underwater Light and Sound Show Keeps Salmon in Safer Waters
An underwater light and sound show apparently is keeping juvenile salmon on the right path in the Delta. An evaluation by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and other agencies indicated that its bubble barrier of underwater strobe lights and electronic sounds kept approximately two-thirds of ocean-bound Chinook salmon from taking a risky detour into Georgiana Slough from the relatively safe main channel of the Sacramento River. Studies indicate that 65 percent of the salmon smolt that swim into Georgiana Slough near Walnut Grove dont survive to reach the ocean. The slough leads young salmon through the predator-infested waters of the interior Delta toward the huge export pumps of the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project.
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09/27/2012 - Forecasts Mixed as New Water Year Begins But Conservation Always Important
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) marks a new water year by reminding Californians of the importance of making water conservation a way of life. Water Year 2012-13 officially begins October 1, 2012 and runs through September 30, 2013. Water Year 2011-12 now goes down on record as the first dry year since the 2007-09 drought. But, early weather forecasts for this winter are split and suggest that this years weather is anyones guess. Conservation is the consistent, year-to-year message in drought-prone California, where wet winters often are followed by dry periods that draw down storage reservoirs.
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09/14/2012 - Secretary Lairds remarks at the Lodi Energy Center (Video)
The new Lodi Energy Center was recently completed, providing clean natural gas energy to many parts of California, including the State Water Project. To learn more about the Department's investments in sustainable energy, take a look at this video of California Natural Resource Agency Secretary John Lair's remarks from the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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09/13/2012 - DWR makes up to $25 million in Prop 1E funding available for Environmental Stewardship Projects
DWR is making available up to $25 million in Proposition 1E funding for environmental stewardship projects that support the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP). These projects will integrate environmental stewardship and sustainability principles into flood management activities. The first Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) under the Central Valley Flood System Conservation Framework and Strategy Guidelines is now released.
http://www.water.ca.gov/floodsafe/fessro/floodway/conservation/

09/11/2012 - DWR Co-Sponsoring Workshop on Reauthorizing Drought Early-Warning System
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) this month will co-sponsor a workshop discussion of the merits of federal reauthorization of the nation's drought early-warning system. The September 24-26 workshop in San Diego will review the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and other federal agency drought programs from the perspective of states. This will include discussions of gaps in the prediction and early warning of droughts.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/091112drought.pdf

09/06/2012 - Sacramento County Honors DWR for Reducing Pollution
Sacramento County today honored the Department of Water Resources for environmental practices that reduce pollution. DWR was recognized specifically for green building practices that save energy and money. The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors praised DWR -- and 11 other businesses and government entities -- in a resolution awarding them Sustainable Business of the Year honors. The awards are intended to honor entities demonstrating environmental excellence and proactive leadership and encourage practices that support a clean, safe and healthful environment, according to county officials.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/090612county.pdf

09/04/2012 - DWR Awarded Top Honors for Central Valley Flood Protection Plan
Western flood management experts will recognize the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Wednesday for its comprehensive plan to protect lives and property in the Central Valley. At its annual conference, held this week in Sacramento, the Floodplain Management Association will give its "Award for Excellence" to DWR for its Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. The association's members work to reduce flood damages through planning and infrastructure.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/090412cvfpp.pdf

08/29/2012 - DWR Notifies Central Valley Property Owners: "You're at Risk of Flooding"
Today, seven years after Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed the flood defenses of New Orleans, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announces it is notifying nearly 275,000 California property owners that theyre at risk of flooding and should prepare. DWR is mailing flood risk notifications to owners across 17 counties in the Central Valley whose property is located behind a State-Federal levee and within a Levee Flood Protection Zone (LFPZ). The zones include portions of Sacramento, San Joaquin, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Butte, Fresno, Merced, Tehama, Colusa, Glenn, Solano, Stanislaus, Lake, Placer, Plumas, and Madera counties.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/082912flooding.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/082912floodmap.pdf

08/15/2012 - Researchers Shake Delta Soil to Better Understand Earthquake Risk
Researchers will simulate the shaking of an earthquake on a remote part of Sherman Island today to better understand how the unique peat soil of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta may respond to a seismic event. The engineering researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles conducted a similar shaking test last year on dry peat soil. This year, their test will monitor the response of saturated peat soil. "We hope to learn how the peaty organic Delta soil will contribute to seismic levee performance," said Scott Brandenberg, Vice Chair of the UCLA Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and leader of the research team. "We already know that liquefaction of inorganic sandy soils is an important problem in the Delta, but we don't know as much about the peat."
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08/14/2012 - Video of JFK-Governor 'Pat' Brown 1962 Event on 50th Anniversary of San Luis Ground-breaking
On Saturday, August 18, California will observe a historic date in Western water development. On that date in 1962, President John F. Kennedy joined California Governor Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, Sr. in Merced County to mark the ground-breaking for the San Luis Complex, a dam and reservoir that would be used by both federal and State water systems to improve water supply deliveries in California.
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08/13/2012 - Earthquake Experiment to be Conducted on Delta's Sherman Island
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, will shake an artificial levee in order to study how underlying peat soil responds to the motion. Engineers with the California Department of Water Resources hope the test results will help researchers better understand the risk earthquakes pose to Delta levees. These levees protect valuable infrastructure and farmland and are part of the state and federal major water delivery systems.
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08/07/2012 - Save Our Water -- Water Wise Gardens
The Save Our Water campaign reminds us that California homeowners use 60% of their water outside for landscaping. Take a look and learn what people are saying about their water wise gardens.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/080712sow.wmv

07/25/2012 - Governor Brown and Obama Administration Outline Path Forward for Bay Delta Conservation Plan
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eric Schwaab today outlined revisions to the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) that, along with a full range of alternative proposals, will undergo a rigorous public environmental review in the coming months. In announcing the path forward for an enhanced BDCP process, the officials emphasized that Californias water system is unsustainable from an environmental and economic perspective, and that the BDCP is a key part of a comprehensive solution to achieve the dual goals of a reliable water supply for California and a healthy California Bay Delta ecosystem that supports the States economy.
 News Release...   Goals Poster...   Fish Poster...   Habitat Poster...   Conveyance Poster...   Announcement Video -- Long (190 MB)...   Announcement Video -- Short (34.6 MB)...

07/20/2012 - DWR Releases State Water Project Delivery Reliability Report
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the 2011 State Water Project (SWP) Delivery Reliability Report. The 2011 report is the latest in a series of reports on the delivery reliability of California's State Water Project, the largest state-built and operated water and power system in the United States. "California faces a future of increased population growth, coupled with the potential for water shortages and pressures on the Delta," states the summary. The newest report updates estimates of current (2011) and future (through 2031) SWP deliveries, taking into account pumping restraints to protect Delta smelt, salmon, and other fish species as well as variations in precipitation and impacts of climate change.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/072012delivery.pdf

07/16/2012 - Feather River Cleanup
Community effort to beautify the Feather RiverVolunteers are needed in Oroville on July 28th from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Please join us. See attachments for news release and flyer.
http://aquanet.water.ca.gov/more/2012/071612feather_pr.pdf
http://aquanet.water.ca.gov/more/2012/071612feather_flyer.pdf
https://www.facebook.com/events/237760683008593/

07/05/2012 - Extreme Weather Events: Science, Planning and Preparedness-Workshop
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is co-sponsoring a workshop with the Western States Water Council, in coordination with the Western Governors Association, on extreme weather events. The workshop will be held July 30 - August 1 at the Doubletree Hotel at 1646 Front Street, San Diego. Logistics information and the agenda may be found here.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/07052012workshop.pdf

06/26/2012 - DWR Decreases Feather River Flows Through Oroville
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is decreasing flows to the Feather River through the City of Oroville. From June 14 through June 22, flows to the river through Oroville were increased to attract spring-run Chinook salmon to the Feather River Fish Hatchery and to facilitate maintenance on Thermalito Afterbay river outlet gates. By Friday, June 29 the river through the city will be reduced to its normal flow of approximately 600 cubic feet per second (cfs).
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/062612oroville.pdf

06/13/2012 - DWR Increasing Feather River Flows Through Oroville
The Department of Water Resources will increase flows to the Feather River through the City of Oroville as early as tomorrow, June 14. Flows will increase gradually over several days from 600 cubic feet per second (cfs) to approximately 5,000 cfs, raising the level of the river from one to three feet, depending on location. The flow increase -- lasting two to three weeks -- is being made to attract additional spring-run Chinook salmon to the Feather River Fish Hatchery and to facilitate maintenance on the Thermalito Afterbay river outlet gates. Spring-run Chinook are listed as a threatened species.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/061312feather.pdf

06/11/2012 - DWR Director Approves Climate Action Plan To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Department of Water Resources released a plan this week to dramatically curtail its greenhouse gas emissions in coming decades. The plan approved recently by DWR Director Mark Cowin shows how the department can cut release of gases linked to global warming by 50 percent below 1990 levels within the next seven years. The plan also sets the stage for an 80 percent emissions reduction by 2050. DWR operates the 700-mile-long State Water Project, which pumps water from Northern California rivers to the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Southern California cities, and Central Valley farms. The department both uses and generates large amounts of electricity in the course of moving water. DWR estimates that its total greenhouse gas emissions in 1990 were nearly 3.5 million metric tons, roughly equivalent to the emissions of 680,000 cars operating for a year.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/061112green.pdf

05/23/2012 - Wet April Boosts State Water Project Deliveries
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today estimated it will be able to deliver 65 percent of requested State Water Project (SWP) water this year. This is up from the 60 percent delivery estimate -- or allocation -- announced on April 16. Originally, DWR projected in November that it would be able to supply 60 percent of the slightly more than 4 million acre-feet of SWP water requested, but a dry December, January and February dropped that figure to 50 percent. A wet March and above-average reservoir storage boosted the allocation back up to 60 percent in April, and today's increase to 65 percent is due to April's wetter-than-usual weather. A 65 percent allocation is not unusually low.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/052312deliveries.pdf

05/15/2012 - DWR Celebrates 50 years of Moving Water through the State Water Project
On May 10, 1962, top water leaders joined then-Governor Pat Brown as he lifted a plank to start the flow of water into the State Water Project's South Bay Aqueduct. A half-century later, with Pat Brown's son Governor Jerry Brown serving in office, we celebrate 50 years of moving California's water through the State Water Project.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/05151250th_anniversary.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/051712bethany_display.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/newsroom/video/newmovies/50_Years_Moving_Water.wmv

05/04/2012 - California Water Conservation Efforts Get Top National Ranking
California's laws and policies promoting water use efficiency have received national recognition. The State received top marks from the non-profit Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) in a new draft report ranking all 50 states on policies such as water conservation requirements, conservation planning and program implementation, funding sources for water efficiency and conservation programs, and other informational resources. California ranked first, along with Texas, on the report's scorecard. Both states got a grade of "A-." "The Department of Water Resources is proud to have played a leading role in promoting water use efficiency, in particular through the development and implementation of the 20x2020 Water Conservation Plan," said Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director Mark Cowin. "It's gratifying to know that our efforts may provide a framework for other states to follow."
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/050412conservation.pdf

05/01/2012 - Final Snow Survey of 2012 Shows Low Water Content
Manual and electronic readings today show that California's drier than usual mountain snowpack is steadily melting with warming spring weather. Statewide, snowpack water content is only 40 percent of normal for the date, and was only 55 percent of normal the first of April, the time of year when it is historically at its peak. "The fact that we just had a dry winter right after an unusually wet season last year shows that we must be prepared for all types of weather," said DWR Director Mark Cowin. "Reservoir storage will mitigate the impact of dry conditions on water supply this summer, but we have to plan for the possibility of a consecutive dry year in 2013, both by practicing conservation, continuing to develop alternative local water supplies, and working toward improved water storage and conveyance."
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/050112snow.pdf

04/26/2012 - Final Snow Survey of 2012 Set for May 1
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct this year's fifth and final snow survey on May 1. One focus of media attention will be the manual survey scheduled for 11 a.m. off Highway 50 near Echo Summit about 90 miles east of Sacramento. Manual surveys up and down the state will be combined with electronic readings from remote sensors to indicate the rate at which the mountain snowpack is melting into the state's streams, reservoirs and aquifers. The snowpack normally provides about a third of the water for California's homes, industry and agriculture. April 2 measurements showed that water content in the winter snowpack -- often called California's frozen reservoir -- was only 55 percent of normal at the time of year when it historically is at its peak. Today, it is 46 percent of normal.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/042612snow.pdf

04/25/2012 - May is Water Awareness Month in California
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) urges Californians to observe "Water Awareness Month" in May. "Water is a vital necessity for California's people, wildlife, ecosystems and economy," stated DWR Director Mark Cowin. Water Awareness Month originated as a joint effort of DWR and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) during California's 1987-1992 drought to educate the public about water use efficiency and conservation.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/042512month.pdf

04/16/2012 - DWR Increases State Water Project Allocation to 60 Percent
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today estimated it will be able to deliver 60 percent of requested State Water Project (SWP) water this year. This is up from the 50 percent delivery estimate -- or allocation -- announced on February 22. Originally, DWR projected in November that it would be able to supply 60 percent of the slightly more than 4 million acre-feet of SWP water requested, but a dry December, January and February dropped that figure to 50 percent. Today's increase is due to an unusually wet March and higher-than-average reservoir storage carried over from last winter.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/041612allocation.pdf

04/02/2012 - DWR's Fourth Snow Survey of 2012 Shows Dry Conditions
Department of Water Resources (DWR) hydrologists today announced that water content in California's mountain snowpack is only 55 percent of the April 1 full season average.
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03/16/2012 - Flood Board Schedules Public Meetings on Draft Flood Protection Plan
The Central Valley Flood Protection Board is holding public meetings in Sacramento this month and next on a draft, valley-wide flood protection plan. The meetings -- scheduled for March 22-23 and April 5-11 -- are steps in the Board's review of the flood plan submitted to it on December 30 by the Department of Water Resources (DWR). Under the Central Valley Flood Protection Act of 2008, the Board is scheduled to adopt the plan by July 1.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/031612flood.pdf

03/15/2012 - 2011 Local Maintaining Agency Annual Report is Now Available
2011 Local Maintaining Agency Annual Report is now available and, located under More Information box on CDEC Home Page:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/currrfcast_lma/Local_Maintaining_Agency_Annual_Report_2011.pdf

03/08/2012 - Comments Sought on Draft EIR for the Central Valley Flood Protection PlanThe
California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced a 45-day public comment period on the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (DPEIR) for the Public Draft 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP). Released on March 6, the DPEIR describes potential program-level environmental effects and mitigation measures related to components of the CVFPP. Comments on the DPEIR must be received no later than 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time), Friday, April 20, 2012.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/030812draft.pdf

03/06/2012 - DWR Climate Action Plan Released for Public Comment
DWR, in an effort to reduce its impact on the environment and lead by example, is developing a Department-wide Climate Action Plan/Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan which will guide project development and decision making with respect to energy use and GHG emissions. The Plan and its associated CEQA documents are now available for public comment.
http://www.water.ca.gov/climatechange/CAP.cfm

03/06/2012 - What Is New Report updated
What Is New Report has been updated. The link for What Is New is available from CDEC Home page under More Information box. Please click the following link:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/whatisnew.pdf

02/28/2012 - DWR's Third Snow Survey of 2012 Shows Continuing Dry Conditions
Department of Water Resources snow surveyors today confirmed that California's mountain snowpack holds far less water than normal for this time of year. Manual and electronic readings show that statewide, snowpack water content is only 30 percent of historic readings for the date. That is a mere 26 percent of the average April 1 measurement, when the snowpack is normally at its peak before it begins to melt with rising spring temperatures.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/022812snow.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/022812snow.wmv

02/28/2012 - DWR's Third Snow Survey of 2012 Shows Continuing Dry Conditions
Department of Water Resources snow surveyors today confirmed that California's mountain snowpack holds far less water than normal for this time of year. Manual and electronic readings show that statewide, snowpack water content is only 30 percent of historic readings for the date. That is a mere 26 percent of the average April 1 measurement, when the snowpack is normally at its peak before it begins to melt with rising spring temperatures.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/022812snow.pdf

02/23/2012 - Third 2012 Snow Survey Scheduled for February 28
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct this winter's third snow survey on February 28. It is expected that manual measurements of snowpack water content will corroborate the low electronic readings from remote sensors up and down the state's mountain ranges.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/022312snow.pdf

02/22/2012 - DWR Reduces State Water Project Allocation
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today reduced its estimate of the amount of water the State Water Project will deliver this year. DWR dropped its projected delivery total, or allocation, from 60 percent to 50 percent of the requested amount of slightly more than 4 million acre-feet.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/022212allocation.pdf

02/10/2012 - DWR Releases Draft Guidelines & Proposal Solicitation Package for Local Groundwater Grant Program
The Department of Water Resources has scheduled a meeting for comments on draft guidelines and a proposal solicitation package prepared for local groundwater assistance funding. The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 23 in the Coastal Hearing Room of the California EPA Building at 1001 I Street, Sacramento. A webcast of the meeting will be available at
http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/

02/01/2012 - Second 2012 Snow Survey Shows Continuing Dry Conditions
Snow surveyors today confirmed that water content in California's mountain snowpack is far below normal for this time of year. Manual and electronic readings record the snowpack's statewide water content at only 37 percent of normal for the date. That is just 23 percent of the average April 1 reading, when the snowpack normally is at its peak before the spring melt. "So far, we just haven't received a decent number of winter storms," said DWR Director Mark Cowin. "We have good reservoir storage thanks to wet conditions last year, but we also need more rain and snow this winter."
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/020112snow.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/020112video.wmv

01/30/2012 - Second 2012 Snow Survey Scheduled for February 1
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct this winter's second snow survey on February 1. One focus of attention will be the manual survey scheduled for 11 a.m. off Highway 50 near Echo Summit This and other manual surveys up and down the state as well as electronic readings from remote sensors will determine the water content in the snowpack. Electronic readings today indicate that water content in the statewide snowpack is just 38 percent of normal. That is 23 percent of the average April 1 reading, when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt. Still, this is an improvement over results of this winter's January 3 survey, which recorded snowpack water content at 19 percent of normal for that date, and only 7 percent of the average April 1 reading.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/013012snow.pdf

01/27/2012 - Flood Board Outlines Process, Timeline for Review, Adoption of New Flood Protection Plan
The Central Valley Flood Protection Board today began a five-month process of reviewing the draft Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, with adoption scheduled for June 2012. Officials of the Department of Water Resources made a detailed presentation of the sweeping plan to improve Central Valley flood safety at the Board's morning meeting in Sacramento.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/012712board.pdf

01/27/2012 - DWR to Present Public Draft 2012 CVFPP At CVFPB Public Meeting
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Central Valley Flood Planning Office will present the Public Draft 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) and related supporting documents during the January 27, 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Board (Board) meeting. During this meeting, the Board will announce its adoption schedule, the process for document review, and protocols for receiving public and agency comments. To view details of the public meeting, visit the Board's website at the below link.
http://www.water.ca.gov/cvfmp/documents.cfm
http://www.cvfpb.ca.gov/
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/123011flood.pdf

01/13/2012 - Workshop: Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Central Valley Floods
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will hold a climate change workshop in West Sacramento on February 14. The focus will be on the state of the science regarding potential climate change impacts on Central Valley floods, and examples of ongoing programs to reduce flood risk. The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Department of Water Resources office, 3500 Industrial Boulevard. This workshop is being held as a complementary event to Governor Brown's December 15 conference on extreme climate risks and California's future, which focused on the threats of extreme weather events to the state's economy, business sectors, public health, and natural resources. For background on the Governor's conference, see:
http://gov.ca.gov/ecrcf.php
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/011312workshop.pdf

01/11/2012 - Drought Reports Are Now Available from CDEC and State Climatologist Websites
California Reservoirs - Drought Status reports, Sacramento River Drought Status reports and, San Joaquin River Drought Status reports are now available from CDEC Reservoirs, CDEC Precipitation Webpages respectively and, also from the Left Sidebar of California State Climatologist website.

01/05/2012 - Workshop: Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Southern California Floods
Workshop: Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Southern California Floods The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will hold a climate change workshop in Alhambra on January 31. The focus will be on potential climate change impacts on Southern California floods, and examples of ongoing programs to reduce flood risk. The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Headquarters, 900 S. Fremont Avenue.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/010512workshop.pdf

01/03/2012 - First Snow Survey of 2012 Shows Dry Conditions
First Snow Survey of 2012 Shows Dry Conditions Snow surveyors today reported that California's mountain snowpack is among the driest for the date on record.
Manual and electronic readings today record the snowpack's statewide water content at 19 percent of the January 3 average. That is only 7 percent of the average April 1 measurement, when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/010312snowsurvey.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/010312surveyvideo.wmv

12/30/2011 - Public Draft 2012 CVFPP and FCSSR Delivered
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Central Valley Flood Planning Office transmitted the Public Draft 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) and the December 2011 Flood Control System Status Report (FCSSR) to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (Board) on December 30, 2011. DWR will provide a public presentation on these documents during the Board's January 27, 2012 meeting. During this meeting, the Board will announce the adoption schedule, the process for document review, and protocols for receiving public and agency comments.
 Public Draft 2012 CVFPP and December FCSSR...
http://www.water.ca.gov/cvfmp/documents.cfm
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/123011flood.pdf

12/29/2011 - First 2012 Snow Survey Scheduled for January 3
The First 2012 Snow Survey Scheduled for Tuesday, January 3, 2012. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct this winter's first snow survey on January 3. One center of attention will be the manual survey scheduled for 11 a.m. off Highway 50 near Echo Summit. This and other manual and electronic surveys up and down the state will determine the amount of water in the early winter snowpack. Statewide electronic readings indicate that today's snowpack water content -- near the end of an unusually dry December -- is only 24 percent of normal for the date. At this time last year (December 27), the statewide snowpack water content was 202 percent of average.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/122811snow.pdf

10/19/2011 - Flood Emergency Response Projects - Grant Programs
The Flood Emergency Response Projects ? Delta Communications Equipment Grant provides $5 million to support projects that will improve emergency communication in the legal Delta. DWR is providing this grant to ensure that State and local agencies have a robust regional communication system in the Delta region for effective response to high water and flood emergencies. Funded by Proposition 84, the grant requires projects to be consistent with the Cal EMA Interoperability Plan to improve communication between emergency response agencies on a regional basis. No local match is required. Please click on the following link for more details:
http://www.water.ca.gov/floodmgmt/fpo/sgb/floodER/

08/18/2011 - 2011 Preseason Flood Coordination Meeting Factsheet:
The Flood Operations Branch is hosting Preseason Flood Coordination Meetings this fall in both Northern and Southern CA. See attached fact sheet for locations and dates. For further information, please contact Wendy Stewart with the Flood Operations Center at 916-574-2619.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/FOC_factsheet_2011_WSedit.pdf

06/20/2011 - Moderate Feather River Flow Increases in Oroville This Week Will Benefit Fish
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) tonight will increase flows in the Feather River through the City of Oroville to benefit Spring-run Chinook salmon. Flows will rise from 600 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 2,500 cfs by sunrise Tuesday.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/06202011fish.pdf

05/12/2011 - Bulletin B120 for May, 2011:
The complete Bulletin 120 is now available in PDF format for May, 2011:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/bulletin120/

05/02/2011 - DWR Announces Results of Final Snow Survey of 2010-2011 Season
Manual and electronic readings today show that California's near-record snowpack is slowly melting with warming spring weather. But snowpack water content is still 144 percent of the April 1 full season average. Today's readings will help hydrologists forecast spring and summer snowmelt runoff into rivers and reservoirs. The melting snow supplies approximately one-third of the water used by Californians. "All indications are that we're moving toward summer with a good water supply for our farms and cities," said DWR Director Mark Cowin. "We must be aware, however, that California can quickly turn from wet to dry, and we can't afford to forget the lessons of conservation that we learned in the 2007-2009 drought."
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/050211snow.pdf

04/28/2011 - DWR's Fifth and Final Snow Survey of the 2010-2011 Season in Place for Next Week
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its fifth and final manual snow survey of the season, Monday, May 2, at 11 a.m. off Highway 50, near Echo Summit. Electronic readings currently indicate that snowpack water content has dipped, as anticipated, to 151 percent of the April 1, full season average. May snow survey figures are normally lower than April readings, and used to forecast the spring and summer runoff. April 1 readings recorded 165 percent of the April 1 full season average, due to heavy storms in late February and March.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/042811snow.pdf

04/12/2011 - New and Interactive Application Product is now available under Reservoirs webpage
New Application Product cosisting of an Interactive page in the Reservoirs called 'Top of Conservation Conditions for Central Valley and Russian River Flood Control Reservoirs'. The interactive page consists of a series of charts showing daily inflow, daily outflow, percent of capacity and percent encroached for various reservoirs:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/resapp/GetDailyFCgraphs.action

03/30/2011 - DWR Announces Results of Fourth Snow Survey of 2010-2011 Season
Department of Water Resources (DWR) hydrologists today announced that water content in California's mountain snowpack is 165 percent of the April 1 full season average. "Recent storms have significantly contributed to the above-average snowpack, helping to stabilize California's water supply for the year," said DWR Director Mark Cowin. "While this is beneficial for California's farms' businesses and communities, we remind residents to practice sensible water use and conservation as we transition to warmer weather."
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/033011snow.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/033011snowresults_english.wmv
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/033011snowresults_spanish.wmv

03/25/2011 - DWR's Fourth Snow Survey of 2010-2011 Season Set for Next Week
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its fourth manual snow survey, Wednesday, March 30, at 11 a.m. near Echo Summit off Highway 50. "We are looking at a good water supply year as we prepare for this summer's peak demand period," said DWR Director Mark Cowin. "This is great news so long as we can control floodwaters. Our up-and-down cycles -- drought followed by flood threats -- remind us that assuring an adequate water supply in California is always a juggling act, and we can't afford to forget the lessons of conservation even in brief periods of plenty."
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/032511snow.pdf

02/24/2011 - DWR Schedules Third Snow Survey of 2010-2011 Season
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its third manual snow survey of the winter at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2011, near Echo Summit on Highway 50, not far from Lake Tahoe.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/Press_Release_for_Upcoming_Snow_Survey3.pdf

01/28/2011 - DWR Announces Results of Second Snow Survey of 2010-2011 Season
Manual and electronic readings today indicate that California's mountain snowpack is holding above average water content despite a dry January. Statewide, real-time sensors show that snowpack water content is 78 percent of the April 1 seasonal average. This compares to an average reading of 55 percent for today's date. The above-average readings are due to heavy storms in October, November and December. January so far has recorded only about 13 percent of average precipitation for the month. "We are still optimistic for a good water supply, but realize that we can come up short any given year," said DWR Director Mark Cowin. "Our unpredictable weather and delivery restrictions make it clear that conservation must always be one of our top priorities."DWR estimates it will be able to deliver 60 percent of requested State Water Project (SWP) water this year. The estimate will be adjusted as hydrologic and regulatory conditions continue to develop.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/012811snow.pdf

01/25/2011 - DWR Schedules Second Snow Survey of 2010-2011 Season
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its second manual snow survey of the winter at 11 a.m. Friday, January 28, near Lake Tahoe. Electronic readings indicate that snowpack water content has changed little this month, so far gaining only about an inch since January 1. The water content is 79 percent of the April 1 seasonal average. This compares to an average reading of 55 percent for today's date.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/012511snow.pdf

01/24/2011 - Area of Special Attention for Reclamation District 2064
The stage at Vernalis is currently at 16.8 ft. Based on the current forecast the stage is expected to recede to approximately 15.8 feet by Wednesday morning. Then gradual rise is expected due to the increase of release from Exchequer. The contractor anticipated completion of rock placement for about 650 feet of the critical repair site last Friday (1/21/11). This will be the last update if there are not any significant changes.Current stage observations San Joaquin River at Vernalis in CDEC, station VNS.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/jspplot/jspPlotServlet.jsp?sensor_no=6096&end=01%2F24%2F2011+11%3A12&geom=medium&interval=2&cookies=cdec01

01/10/2011 - 2010 Inspection Report Published
The Flood Project Integrity and Inspection Branch has published the 2010 Inspection Report as well as summary and detail reports showing the maintenance status of the features in the State-federal flood protection system in the Central Valley. Those interested can access these reports at the link below.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/fsir.html

12/28/2010 - DWR Announces First Snow Survey Results of 2010-2011 Season: Storms Brighten Water Supply Outlook
On the heels of early season storms, manual and electronic readings today indicate that water content in California's mountain snowpack is 198 percent of normal for the date. "This boosts our hopes that we will have an adequate water supply for our cities and farms as we continue to shake off effects of the 2007-2009 drought," said DWR Director Mark Cowin.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/122810snow.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/122810snowsurveyvideo.wmv

12/23/2010 - DWR Schedules First Snow Survey of 2010-2011 Season
SACRAMENTO -- The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its first manual snow survey of the new winter season at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 28, 2010, near Lake Tahoe.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/122310snow.pdf

11/23/2010 - Final California Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) Released
The California Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) represents the first State drought plan and was developed following the Governor's executive orders and drought proclamations in 2008 and 2009. The DCP has been prepared in conjunction with the California Water Plan (CWP) and will be updated every five years.
http://www.water.ca.gov/drought/docs/Final_CA_Drought_Contingency_Plan-11-18-2010a.pdf

09/07/2010 - Preseason Flood Coordination Meetings
The Flood Operations Branch is hosting Preseason Flood Coordination Meetings this fall in both Northern and Southern CA. See attached fact sheet for locations and dates. For further information, please contact Wendy Stewart with the Flood Operations Center at 916-574-2619.
Please click on the following for Agenda:  Stockton (PDF: 22KB)  |  Yuba City (PDF: 22KB)  |  San Jose (PDF: 22KB)  |  Sacramento (PDF: 21KB)  |  Ventura (PDF: 173KB)   |  Riverside (PDF: 22KB)


http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/FOC_factsheet_2010b.pdf

05/25/2010 - 2009 Local Agency Annual Report (AB156)
2009 Local Agency Annual Report (AB156) is now available from CDEC home page and is located under the More Information Box. The electronic version of the 2009 Local Agency Annual Report and the announcement of the 2010 workshops are also available from the following links:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/lma.html
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/workshop_announcement_2010.pdf

04/30/2010 - DWR Announces Final Snow Survey Results: Late Storms Brighten Outlook
On the heels of late season storms, manual and electronic readings today indicate that water content in California's statewide mountain snowpack is 143 percent of normal.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/043010snow.pdf

04/27/2010 - DWR Schedules Final Snow Survey of 2009-2010 Season
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its final snow survey of the 2009-2010 season at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 30, near Lake Tahoe.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/042710snow.pdf

04/19/2010 - Station Search Application has been enhanced
Station Search Application has been enhanced to provide tabularreports on added fields: Latitude, Longitude, Elevation and Operator:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/staSearch

03/25/2010 - DWR Schedules Fourth Snow Survey of 2009-2010 Season
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its fourth snow survey of the season at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 1, 2010, near Lake Tahoe.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/032510snow.pdf

03/03/2010 - DWR Announces Third Snow Survey Results Of 2009-2010 Winter Season
Manual and electronic readings today indicate that water content in California's mountain snowpack is 107 percent of normal for the date. This time last year, snow water content statewide was 80 percent of normal.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/030310snow.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/030310snowsurvey.wmv

02/11/2010 - New Weekly Product Forecast Discussion
New Weekly Product Forecast Discussion is Available on Bulletin 120 webpage on California Snow Surveys Website and Water Supply webpage on CDEC website.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/bulletin120/index2.html
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/water_supply.html

01/29/2010 - DWR Schedules Second Snow Survey of 2009-2010 Season
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its second snow survey of the season at 11 a.m., Friday, January 29, 2010, near Lake Tahoe.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/01272010secondsnowsurvey.pdf

01/29/2010 - DWR Announces Second Snow Survey Results
Manual and electronic readings today indicate that water content in California's mountain snowpack is 115 percent of normal for the date statewide. This time last year, snow water content was 61 percent of normal statewide.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/01292010snowsurvey.pdf

12/30/2009 - 2010 Tide Forecasts Table are available now
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12/30/2009 - DWR Announces First Snow Survey Results of 2009/2010 Winter Season
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) first snow survey of the 2009/2010 winter season indicates snow water content is 85 percent of normal for the date, statewide. This time last year, snow water content was 76 percent of normal statewide.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2009/123009snow.pdf

12/22/2009 - DWR Schedules First Snow Survey of 2009-2010 Season

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its first snow survey of the new winter season at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 30, 2009.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2009/122209snow.pdf

11/02/2009 - North Coast Preseason Flood Coordination Meeting Eureka, CA
Attention water managers, emergency responders, and managers that deal with flood preparedness and response: A Preseason Flood Coordination Meeting is being held in Eureka on November 17th to provide an overview of weather conditions, Flood Operations Center updates and other related topics. For further information, you may contact Sherry Constancio at sconstan@water.ca.gov or Wendy Stewart at wstewart@water.ca.gov :
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/Eureka_Preseason_Letter_Tent_Agenda.pdf

10/07/2009 - Northern CA Preseason Flood Coordination Meetings
Northern CA Preseason Flood Coordination Meetings are being held in the month of October at four different locations. For locations and time, see 2009 Northern CA Preseason Flood Coordination Fact Sheet. For more information, please contact Wendy Stewart at the Flood Operations Center at 916-574-2619.:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/2009_NoCA_Preseason_Flood_Coordination.pdf

10/01/2009 - California's Monthly Drought Update:
California Drought, An Update, September 2009:
http://www.water.ca.gov/drought/docs/DroughtUpdate_sept30.pdf

09/21/2009 - Southern CA Preseason Flood Coordination Meetings
Southern CA Preseason Flood Coordination Meetings are going on this week. For locations and time, see attached
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/09_So_CA_Preseason_Flood_Coordination_Fact_Sheet.pdf

08/31/2009 - California's Monthly Drought Update:
California Drought, An Update, August 2009:
http://www.water.ca.gov/drought/docs/DroughtUpdate-083109.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/drought/updates.cfm

07/01/2009 - California's Monthly Drought Update:
California Drought, An Update, June 2009
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/Drought_report_30june2009_web.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/drought/updates.cfm

06/19/2009 - The Flood Operations Branch Preseason Flood Coordination Meetings:
The Flood Operations Branch is hosting Preseason Flood Coordination Meetings this fall in both Southern and Northern CA, please see attached fact sheet for locations and dates. For further information, please contact Wendy Stewart at the Flood Operations Center at 916-574-2619
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/09_Preseason_Flood_Coordination_Fact_Sheet.pdf

05/07/2009 - Flood System Inspection Reports
Flood System Inspection Reports are now available:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/fsir.html

05/05/2009 - Major Reservoir Current Conditions Graphs
The California Data Exchange Center has posted new graphs showing the current levels of California's major reservoirs as well as levels for selected past water years. The graphs are updated automatically with the latest reservoir data.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/reservoir_map.html

04/30/2009 - DWR Announces Final Snow Survey Results for 2008-2009

The Department of Water Resources' (DWR) final snow survey of the season indicates snowpack water content is 66 percent of normal for the date, statewide. Last year at this time snowpack was measured at 72 percent of normal, statewide.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/966C6EEB.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2009/043009snowsurvey.wmv

04/28/2009 - DWR Schedules Final Snow Survey of 2008-2009 Season

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its final snow survey of the season at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 30, near Lake Tahoe.
Survey Location and Results:Phillips Station at Highway 50 and Sierra at Tahoe Road, about 90 miles east of Sacramento, is the manual survey location. Reporters and photographers should bring snowshoes or cross-country skis and park vehicles along Highway 50. Snow depth and water content figures should be available by 1 p.m. This survey is the last of five measurements that help water supply planners estimate the amount of spring snowmelt runoff into reservoirs.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/354521C6.pdf

04/02/2009 - DWR Announces Fourth Snow Survey Results
The Department of Water Resources' (DWR) fourth snow survey of the winter season indicates snowpack water content is 81 percent of normal for the date, statewide."A below-average snowpack at this time of year, especially following two consecutive dry years is a cause for concern," said DWR Director Lester Snow. "Our most critical storage reservoirs remain low, and we face severe water supply problems in many parts of our state. Californians must continue to save water at home and in their businesses.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/040209fourthresults.pdf

03/10/2009 - DWR Posts March 1, 2009 Bulletin 120: Water Conditions in California
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has posted the March 1, 2009 update to the Bulletin 120: Water Conditions in California. Seasonal runoff from the major snow bearing watersheds of the Sierra Nevada now ranges from 57% of average on the Tule River to 80% of average on the Mokelumne, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne Rivers. The entire bulletin is available for review at:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/bulletin120/b120mar09.pdf

03/02/2009 - DWR Announces Snow Survey Results
The Department of Water Resources' (DWR) third snow survey of the winter season indicates snow water content is 80 percent of normal for the date, statewide. Last year at this time, snowpack was 114 percent of normal, but the driest spring on record followed, resulting in a second consecutive dry water year. Daily electronic readings may be accessed at:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/snow/DLYSWEQ

02/17/2009 - DWR Schedules Third Snow Survey of 2008-2009 Season
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its third snow survey of the season on Monday, March 2, 2009 at 11am, at Phillips Station near Lake Tahoe. The results of this survey will impact future allocations. Snow depth and water content figures should be available by noon.

01/29/2009 - DWR Announces Snow Survey Results
The Department of Water Resources' (DWR) second snow survey of the winter season indicates snow water content is 61 percent of normal for the date, statewide. "The low precipitation in January and snowpack results from today's survey indicate California is heading for a third dry year," said DWR Director Lester Snow. "We may be at the start of the worst California drought in modern history. It's imperative for Californians to conserve water immediately at home and in their businesses."
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/012909secondsnowsurveyresults.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2009/012909measuringdepth.jpg
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2009/012909skiingin.jpg

01/26/2009 - DWR Schedules Second Snow Survey of 2008-2009 Season
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its second snow survey of the season at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 29, 2009, near Lake Tahoe. The results of this survey will impact future allocations. Snow depth and water content figures should be available by noon.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/012909secondsnowsurvey.pdf

12/29/2008 - DWR Announces January 2009 Snow Survey Results
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its first snow survey of the new winter season at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 30, 2008, near Lake Tahoe. Reporters and photographers should take snowshoes or cross-country skis and park vehicles along Highway 50. The survey will be the first of five monthly measurements that help water supply planners estimate the amount of spring snowmelt runoff into reservoirs.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/January2009SnowSurveyPressRelease.pdf

11/08/2008 - ER Preseason Flood Coordination Meeting - December 2008
Attention water managers, emergency responders, and managers that deal with flood preparedness and response: A Preseason Flood Coordination Meeting is being held in Eureka on December 4th to provide an overview of weather conditions, Flood Operations Center update and other related topics. For further information, you may contact Sherry Constancio at sconstan@water.ca.gov or Wendy Stewart at wstewart@water.ca.gov.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/2008EurekaRevisedPreseasonAgenda.pdf

09/15/2008 - Red Bluff and Yuba City Preseason Flood Coordination Meeting - October 2008
Attention water managers, emergency responders, and managers that deal with flood preparedness and response, Preseason Flood Coordination Meetings in Red Bluff (Oct. 8th) and Yuba City (Oct. 9th) are being held to provide an overview of weather conditions, Flood Operations Center update and other related topics. Meetings will be also held the following week in Sacramento and Stockton, but have not been finalized. For further information, you may contact Wendy Stewart at wstewart@water.ca.gov

09/15/2008 - Sacramento and Stockton Preseason Flood Coordination Meeting - October 2008
Sacramento and Stockton Preseason Flood Coordination Meeting - October 2008
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/norcal_preseason_sac_stockton08.pdf

08/08/2008 - ER Preseason Flood Coordination Meeting - September 2008
Attention water managers, emergency responders, and managers that deal with flood preparedness and response, Preseason Flood Coordination Meetings in Ventura (Sept. 16th), Riverside (Sept.17th), and San Diego (Sept. 18th) are being held to provide an overview of weather conditions, Flood Operations Center update and other related topics. For further information, you may contact Wendy Stewart at wstewart@water.ca.gov
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/invite_agenda_preseason.pdf

06/20/2008 - California Data Exchange Center Receives Award - June 20, 2008
A Special Recognition Award was presented at the 2008 California Extreme Precipitation Symposium to the California Data Exchange Center (CDEC) for providing an invaluable data resource for water management in California for the past 25 years.

05/13/2008 - Delta Emergency Planning and Response Workshop April 10, 2008
Delta Emergency Planning and Response Workshop April 10, 2008 Meeting Summary.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/ER_Workshop_Summary05-13-08.pdf

04/15/2008 - DWR Sets Final Snow Survey of 2008 Season
The fifth and final snow survey of the 2008 winter season by DWR will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2008, at Phillips Station, Highway 50 and Sierra at Tahoe Road (about 90 miles east of Sacramento) near Lake Tahoe.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2008/041508snowsurvey2.pdf

04/10/2008 - Delta ER Workshop Response to Comments document - April 10, 2008
Delta ER Workshop Response to Comments document and includes the responses by DWR to the comments received at the Delta Emergency Response Planning workshop in Courtland on April 10, 2008.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/Delta_ER_Workshop_Comments041008.pdf

04/09/2008 - Delta Emergency Response Planning Open House
DWR, in conjunction with OES, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Delta Protection Commission, and local Delta emergency response groups will be having a public open house to discuss emergency Delta planning on April 10, 4-6 p.m. in Courtland.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2008/040808deltaopenhouse.pdf

03/21/2008 - Delta ER Workshop
You are invited to participate in an upcoming workshop to discuss proposed Delta emergency response and operations plans.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/Delta_ER_Workshop_041008.pdf

03/17/2008 - DWR Snow Survey March 26
DWR's fourth 2008 winter snow survey will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2008, near Lake Tahoe. Monthly measurements are made through May to help forecast the amount of spring runoff into reservoirs. The fourth survey is generally considered to be the most important in gauging how much water is being held in the Sierra snow pack.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2008/031708snowsurvey.pdf

02/28/2008 - DWR Announces Snow Survey Results, Limits on Delta Pumping Go in Effect
Results of today's snow survey by DWR show Sierra snowpack conditions at 118 percent of normal for this time of year. While this would normally be a positive indication that the state's water supply is in good shape, DWR also announced that it will need to further reduce Delta pumping starting today to comply with a federal court order limiting water exports.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2008/022808.snowsurvey.pdf

02/28/2008 - DWR Announces Snow Survey Results, Limits on Delta Pumping Go in Effect
Results of today's snow survey by DWR show Sierra snowpack conditions at 118 percent of normal for this time of year. While this would normally be a positive indication that the state's water supply is in good shape, DWR also announced that it will need to further reduce Delta pumping starting today to comply with a federal court order limiting water exports.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2008/022808.snowsurvey.pdf

02/28/2008 - The results of the media snow course measurement today:
Phillips Station depth is 86.1," water content 33.7." 136 percent of long-term average.

02/07/2008 - The Bulletin 120
The Bulletin 120 Water Supply forecast and the Water Year Type Index forecasts for the Sacramento River Region and the San Joaquin River region have been calculated for conditions on February 1, 2008.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/iodir/WSI
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/iodir/B120

02/04/2008 - DWR Announces January 31, 2008 Snow Survey Results
Results of the January 31, 2008, snow survey by the California Department of Water Resources off Highway 50 near Echo Summit.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2008/013108snow.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2008/020108snow.wmv

01/14/2008 - Governor Breaks Ground for Improved Flood Protection
Governor Schwarzenegger, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and Director Lester Snow participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking of the Folsom Dam Joint Federal project, which will double flood protection for the Sacramento region. See photos, video and the Governor's Office Press Release.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2008/013108snow.pdf
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2008/020108snow.wmv

01/14/2008 - Strategic Growth Plan 2008 -- Water
Governor Schwarzenegger released his Strategic Growth Plan for 2008 continuing his commitment to rebuilding California's infrastructure. The Flood Control & Water Supply Conveyance portion of the SGP details the proposed $11.9 billion bond measure that will provide funding for storage and conveyance.
http://aquanet.water.ca.gov/more/2008/11408sgp.pdf

01/14/2008 - Strategic Growth Plan 2008 -- Water
Governor Schwarzenegger released his Strategic Growth Plan for 2008 continuing his commitment to rebuilding California's infrastructure. The Flood Control & Water Supply Conveyance portion of the SGP details the proposed $11.9 billion bond measure that will provide funding for storage and conveyance.
http://aquanet.water.ca.gov/more/2008/11408sgp.pdf

01/03/2008 - DWR Announces Snow Survey Results
Results of the January 3, 2008, snow survey by the California Department of Water Resources off Highway 50 near Echo Summit are as follow:
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/010308snow.pdf

11/07/2007 - New CDEC Website Design
Coming in November, the California Data Exchange Center will launch a new website using the State of California's new web portal design standards. The new standards
were developed to provide a user-friendly gateway for citizens, agencies, businesses, and the media to access government services. The CDEC staff is excited about the
updated look and functionality of the new website. The major change has been the organization of web pages, most of the tools and links that are accessed within the existing CDEC website will still function as they currently do.
Here are a few new features:
  • Subject category tabs to allow more flexible access to tools and links.
  • Addition of left sidebar navigation for easy access to popular links.
  • Enhanced data plotting
  • Announcements box in the Home page contents area with a vertical scrollbar to cover all messages and announcements from most current to the past.
If you have any questions, please contact CDEC staff using the e-mail address Webmaster The CDEC team appreciates your continued support.

10/15/2007 - Director Snow Commends DWR Staff for Working On New Flood Legislation
DWR Director Lester Snow today commended DWR staffers who worked on significant flood legislation signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger on October 10.
http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/press-release/7661/

10/01/2007 - DWR, California Enter New Water Year
Today (October 1) is the beginning of the 2007-2008 water year which will last until September 30, 2008.
http://www.publicaffairs.water.ca.gov/newsreleases/2007/100107year.cfm

09/24/2007 - Flood Alert Rescinded
The flood alert initiated on September 21st at 08:00 hours has been rescinded as of September 24 at 08:00 hours. High rainfall predicted over the Zaca Fire burn area this past weekend did not materialize.

09/20/2007 - Flood Alert
A flood alert has been declared, beginning September 21st and 08:00 hours.

08/28/2007 - CALIFORNIA FLOOD DAY -- Tuesday, August 28, 2007
California Flood Day coincides with First Responders Day at the California State Fair. Guest researchers, new presentations, and video displays will focus on California's vulnerability to flooding.

03/29/2007 - 05/06 High Water Events - Draft After Action Report Now Available for Review and Comment
This report is a two-part review and analysis of DWR's emergency response to the 2005-06 Storms and subsequent flood-related issues. It serves as a planning document to improve DWR's flood emergency response readiness. To help ensure completeness and accuracy, event participants are encouraged to review the draft report and email written comments to sconstan@water.ca.gov by April 13th.
http://aquanet.water.ca.gov/more/2007/032907draft.pdf

03/20/2007 - National Flood Safety Awareness Week
Sacramento: The National Weather Service's Sacramento Office will hold a press briefing at 10 A.M. on Thursday, March 22 in conjunction with National Flood Safety Awareness Week.
http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/

10/01/2006 - October 2006 Datum Change Information
On October 1, 2006, the California Department of Water Resources(DWR) will change the reporting of all tide data collected at 44 locations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh from National Geodetic Vertical Datum 1929 (NGVD29) to the North American Vertical Datum 1988 (NAVD88) standard. Tide stage forecasts for four delta locations (Rio Vista, Antioch, Mallard Island and Venice Island) and river stage forecasts for three river forecast points (Mokelumne River at Bensons Ferry near Thornton, San Joaquin River at Mossdale Bridge, and Yolo Bypass at Lisbon) will be displayed in NGVD29 datum until October 1, 2006...where it will then be displayed as NAVD88. The change to NAVD88 will affect the monitor stage and flood stage at four locations. For more information please click on the following link:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/misc/datum_change2006.html

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