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DWR Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • New memo calls for water use reduction at state facilities
  • Deadline for desalination grant applications extended to end of January
  • Looking at potential ways for getting water investments to pay off
  • Public comments being accepted on addendum to IRWM guidelines
  • Study of oil and gas technology will include look at hydraulic fracturing
  • Two chances for public to learn more about the state’s plan for facing climate risks
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DWR Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Results of Sierra snow survey prompts renewed call for water conservation
  • California’s dry conditions on agenda for next week’s CWC meeting
  • GRACE satellites providing weekly images of US drought data
  • Irrigation institute conference will take on water and energy issues in California
  • Getting a lesson in promoting stormwater outreach programs
  • Salt and nutrient management seminar offers overview of Central Valley efforts
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DWR Spotlight: Drought Preparedness and Water Transfers Forum

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“DWR Director Mark Cowin and DWR’s Drought Preparedness Manager Bill Croyle highlight the importance of water transfers and drought preparedness during the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Board Meeting in Sacramento on January 7. With the possibility of a dry 2014, State, federal and local officials gathered to discuss issues of concern to California’s agriculture.”

Read more from DWR’s Spotlight, which includes photos

 

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Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Water Managers Say Drought Proclamation Expected

From Capital Public Radio:

“California water managers painted a dismal picture of dry conditions and low reservoir levels to the state Board of Food and Agriculture Tuesday. They say a drought proclamation from the governor may come as soon as February 1st.”

Read more from Capital Public Radio, or listen to the story

 

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State Water Officials Considering Drought Declaration

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The California Department of Water Resources is planning to draft an emergency drought declaration for Gov. Jerry Brown’s consideration as dry winter conditions continue.”

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DWR Spotlight: Snow Survey Finds Bare Ground, Little Snow

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“DWR’s first snow survey of the winter today [Jan. 3] found little snow as California’s dry weather continued its push into the new year. Manual and electronic readings record the snowpack’s statewide water content at about 20 percent of normal for this time of year. The last time California’s snowpack was this dry was in January 2012.”

Read more from DWR’s Spotlight, which includes photos and video

 

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Sierra Snow Survey Points to Dry Year Ahead

From The Sacramento Bee:

“How dry is it? The depth of the problem was exposed in plain terms on Friday when the California Department of Water Resources conducted its first Sierra Nevada snow survey of the season. Surveyors reported the snowpack is only 20 percent of average as of Friday across the mountain range that serves as a crucial water bank for the state.”

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Snow Scarce in First Snow Survey

From the Tahoe Daily Tribune:

“With much of California facing record dry weather, a-first-of-the-year snow survey at the entrance to Sierra at Tahoe Resort confirmed the obvious on Friday: Snowfall has been scarce.

“Frank Gehrke, chief of California’s Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, paced off the snowfield at Phillips Station near Echo Summit and stopped to take measurements with a throng of TV reporters around him.”

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Meager Sierra Snowpack is Way Below Average

From the Los Angeles Times:

“The signs aren’t good when the chief of California’s snow survey has to walk over bare ground to take a snowpack measurement in the Sierra Nevada, as Frank Gehrke did Friday near Echo Summit.

“Manual and electronic readings up and down the range placed the statewide snowpack at 20% of normal for this date, adding to worries that 2014 could be a bad drought year.”

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Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Record-Low Snowpack Adds to Region’s Water-Supply Woes

From the Orange County Register:

“With 2013 setting dry-weather records and 2014 looking potentially parched as well, California received another grim report on the water-supply front Friday: a record-low snowpack.

“The water content of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which melts each year to provide a third of the state’s water supply, was about 20 percent of average for this time of year, the state Department of Water Resources announced.”

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Editorial: Water Situation is Dire, Requires Action

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Plan for a dry 2014 – so parched that extraordinary measures are needed now.

“California depends on a few winter storms in the Sierra Nevada between October and April for its water supplies, and they just haven’t happened.”

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Commentary: Delta Tunnels Would Not Harm Sacramento Water Users

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Jerry Meral:

“In 1972, Sacramento County and I filed the original lawsuit against the East Bay Municipal Utility District to prevent the diversion of water into the Folsom South Canal upstream of Sacramento.
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News Release: First Snow Survey of 2014 Shows Dry Conditions

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“As California’s dry weather pushes into the new year, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [Jan. 3] announced that its first snow survey of the winter found more bare ground than snow.

Manual and electronic readings record the snowpack’s statewide water content at about 20 percent of average for this time of year.

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Dry Conditions Expected in California’s First Snow Survey Of New Year

From Capital Public Radio:

“California’s first snow survey is scheduled for Friday. The Department of Water Resources says results are expected to be dramatically different from last year’s readings.”

Read more from Capital Public Radio, or listen to the story

 

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DWR California Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Small numbers expected as DWR gets ready for first snow survey of the season
  • Urban water management plan recommendations ready for review
  • 45 California farmers and ranchers honored for their environmental stewardship
  • Federal departme
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News Release: Winter’s First Snow Survey Set for Jan. 3

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“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 134 percent of normal for the date, just as California was turning dry after wet storms in November and December.”

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DWR Spotlight: California Aqueduct Repaired in Southern California

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“DWR engineers oversaw the repair of a section of the California Aqueduct near Palmdale. … DWR engineers and the contractor worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to complete the repairs in December.”

Read more from DWR’s Spotlight, which also includes video and photos

 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Luis Reservoir Proposal Would Fortify Dam

From the Stockton Record:

“A proposal to enlarge a key reservoir south of the Delta would also make the dam less likely to fail during an earthquake, a disaster that would flood portions of Stockton and south San Joaquin County.”

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DWR California Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • UC Davis workshop offers economic models for agricultural water use
  • IEP for the San Francisco Estuary heading to Folsom for annual workshop
  • Deadline for submitting salinity forum abstracts is set for next week
  • Science experts to present Delta outflow data at February workshop

Read more from DWR’s California Water Plan eNews

 

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Commentary: Failure to Increase Water Supplies will Threaten California’s Future

From the Stockton Record, in a commentary by Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen:

“The recent news that the California Department of Water Resources plans to cut water allocations for State Water Project contractors to 5 percent for water this year is alarming.

“This has the potential to impact our state’s water supply for decades to come, if not permanently.

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