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State Water Project (DWR)

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Spring Rain and Snow Bring Increased Water Allocations

From Capital Public Radio:

“The California Department of Water Resources says State Water Project deliveries that had been zero will increase to five percent. … The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it is increasing Central Valley Project water allocations for North of Delta Settlement Contractors and wildlife refuges from 40 to 75 percent.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State Water Project to Make Small Deliveries This Year

From the Los Angeles Times:

“The State Water Project, which helps supply a majority of Californians, will make small deliveries this year, officials said Friday as they increased the system’s allocation to 5% from the historic zero announced in January.”

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

California Farmers to Get More Water

From the Associated Press:

“Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

News Release: Late Storms Allow 5 Percent Allocation to State Water Project Users

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“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.
Aquafornia news San Diego Union Tribune

A sip to quench the thirst

From The San Diego Union Tribune:

“Some thirsty California cities and farms will receive a sip of water — not nearly enough to solve drought-induced woes but better than the nothing they had been expecting.

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Making a push for improving California’s relationship with water
  • Report provides a roadmap for a sustainable water future in California
  • Federal funding available for feasibility studies on reclaiming wastewater
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Commentary: We Got the Rain, So Where’s the Water?

From The Modesto Bee, in a commentary by John Michelena:

“I have mixed feelings when I see those blue ‘Pray for Rain’ signs along our country roads. Though I thank the Almighty for sending rain, I think our state and federal governments have been lying to us about California’s drought and water.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Latest State Drought Plan Eases Standards for Delta

From the Stockton Record:

“State officials unveiled a longer-term plan to deal with the drought Wednesday, one which relaxes some water-quality standards and endangered species protections in the Delta to allow for more water to be sent south to parched cities and farms.”

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Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Drought-stricken Southern California Could Get More Water, Regulators Say

From the San Gabriel Valley Tribune:

“A somewhat optimistic Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources, said the flurry of late-winter storms could cause regulators to open the flood gates of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project ever so slightly.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Executive Update: Hydrologic Conditions in California

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“On March 31, the Northern Sierra 8-Station Precipitation Index Water Year total was 26.1 inches, which is about 63 percent of the seasonal average to date and 52 percent of an average water year (50.0 inches). …

“On March 31, the San Joaquin 5-Station Precipitation Index Water Year total was 15.0 inches, which is about 45 percent of the seasonal average to date and 37 percent of an average water year (40.8 inches).”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California Water Plan Unveils Hardships to Come as Drought Persists

From The Sacramento Bee:

“As California’s drought stretches toward the hot summer months, state and federal officials are planning extraordinary measures to protect drinking water supplies and endangered Sacramento River salmon, according to a plan unveiled Wednesday.”

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State, Federal Officials Officially Unveil Drought Plan, No Water Delivery Adjustments Made

By the Bay Area News Group:

“State and federal agencies on Wednesday officially unveiled a joint plan detailing how they will tackle the ongoing drought that has raised difficult questions about how California farmers, residents and wildlife share the dwindling supply of water.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California Drought Operations Plan for Water Projects Released

From Capital Public Radio:

“The operations plan provides a guideline of how the two water systems will deal with the drought from now until November.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • IRWM strategic plan yields list of investment strategies
  • FloodSAFE California report lists accomplishments and investments for 2013
  • Public comments being accepted for IRWM’s draft grant guidelines and PSP
  • CDFA allotted $10 million to go toward agricultural water conservation efforts
  • Water commission to look at issues being faced by disadvantaged communities
  • Mountain counties group sets policy principles for Sierra headwa
Aquafornia news Atlantic

American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga

From The Atlantic:

“Hood, California, is a farming town of 200 souls, crammed up against a levee that protects it from the Sacramento River. … I’ve come here because this little patch of land is the key location in Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed $25 billion plan to fix California’s troubled water transport system.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Rains Bring Relief to Sacramento Valley Rice Farmer, But Will It Be Enough?

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Water is the lifeblood of a rice farm, and Sacramento Valley’s recent rains have given grower Tom McClellan a bit of hope that 2014 will not be a wasted year.”

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Aquafornia news Gannett Washington Bureau

Feinstein Applauds Decision to Pump More Water in Central Valley, Seeks More

From the Gannett Washington Bureau:

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday applauded a decision by federal and state officials to release more water in the Central Valley, and pushed for much more supplies to be made available to the parched farming region.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Proceedings from California Tribal Water Summit made available online
  • Water technology conference set for May 8 in Fresno County
  • Forest service bringing in experts to discuss watershed and fire management
  • Arizona looks at strategies
Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: Despite Storms, Snowpack Still Thin

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“California’s snowpack remains far below normal even with recent storms. Along with scant winter rainfall, today’s (April 1) snow survey pushes this Water Year further toward one of the driest on record.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California Water Managers Ease Delta Pumping Limits

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Officials announced Tuesday that they are temporarily waiving an endangered species protection to enable water managers to send more Northern California water south.”

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