DWR Updates

The Delta

Final permitting for WaterFix is on the horizon and implementation is imminent. To embark on this important next step, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) will adjust its organizational structure to ensure an efficient and effective construction program that protects the State's interests by managing risk and controlling costs.

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Construction on the main spillway resumes at 12:01 a.m., May 8. Crews will begin removing the temporary RCC walls in the middle section of the main spillway in order to place structural concrete walls later in the year.

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The final State Water Project Delivery Capability Report 2017 has been released. This report updates estimates of the current (2017) State Water Project delivery capability and incorporates all current regulatory requirements for SWP and CVP operations, including the biological opinions issued by the USFWS and the NMFS.

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Lena Begay makes fry bread for family and guests of DWR at the Miranda allotment.

Four new videos featuring members of native California tribes discussing the impacts of climate change will debut at the Tribal Water Summit on April 5.

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Continuous Application Process schedule is revised as follows: March 12: GRanTS open for application preparation for Continuous Application process. March 30: Begin receiving applications for Continuous Application Process.

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DWR announced the Round 4 final funding awards. Nine projects were awarded a total of $44.4 million. The remaining $48.7 million still available will be offered on a continuous basis and awarded on a first-ready, first-awarded basis until all grant funds are exhausted.

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Water sustainability is a core mission of the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribe; one that is ever more critical due to drought and climate change.

As the Tribal Water Summit approaches, DWR is working to complete the video production on insightful climate change stories from four native CA tribes.

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SB 555 added Section 10608.34 to the California Water Code, requiring DWR to establish rules for conducting and validating water loss audits, technical qualifications for persons performing water loss audit validation, and reporting requirements for submitting validated water loss audits to the Department.

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Climate Leadership Award logo

For the third time in four years, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) captured a prestigious national Climate Leadership Award for combating climate change. This year’s award honored DWR’s systemwide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Thanks to the helping hand of two new state-of-the-art fish release sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, salvaged fish from the John E. Skinner Delta Fish Protective Facility will now have better odds of survival as they return to Delta water.

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DWR has released the draft funding awards for the Proposition 84 San Joaquin River Water Quality Grants. Three projects are recommended for funding to receive a total of $36.6 million of available funds.

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We’re hearing this question frequently, and it’s not surprising given California’s dry winter to date. We’d like to know the answer, too. The National Weather Service’s routine forecasts can only look out about two weeks ahead, and beyond that, there is little reliable skill in predicting precipitation for California.

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Today, DWR debuts a new digital look. Our website redesign is but one of many changes that the department is and has been undergoing. In order to meet the evolving challenges we face managing California’s precious water resources, change is essential.

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