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Climate change staff shares an approach to climate change planning with the Dutch...in the Netherlands.

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At the California State Fair, DWR offered table top games to educate kids of all ages about water and food production.

Since 1977, DWR’s water education program has helped California’s teachers educate their students about one of our most essential resources – water. In 2017, we reached an estimated 1,000 teachers and 150,000 students by providing classroom materials and professional development for teachers.

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As we begin water year 2018, our reservoirs are in good shape. After a drought-busting water year, most of California’s major reservoirs are storing more than their historical averages for this time of year, and slightly more than 50 percent of their total capacity.

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Predicting the arrival and intensity of atmospheric rivers would greatly benefit water managers, reservoir operators, and flood prevention agencies in their work to sustainably manage water supply and protect people and property from flood damage. The trouble is, weather forecasting beyond a week becomes unreliable.

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The Sacramento Weir opens its gates to flood the Sacramento Bypass Wildlife Area in Yolo County, Calif. on January 13, 2017.

In honor of Flood Preparedness Week, we held a press conference on October 23, 2017 to raise awareness about flood preparedness.

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Hundreds gathered in front of the hatchery spawning building for the Dedication Ceremony for the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville, California. The Salmon and Steelhead hatchery is operated by the California Department of Fish and Game and funded by the Department of Water Resources. Photo taken October 11, 1967.

The Feather River Fish Hatchery, constructed by DWR and operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, celebrates its 50th anniversary this October. Each year, roughly 9,000 to 18,000 salmon and 2,000 steelhead are spawned and raised at the hatchery.

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From left, John Laird, Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, Cindy Messer, Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Water Resources, and Bryan Brock, DWR Sr. Engineer, stand with the Outstanding Environmental Project Award for Twitchell and Sherman Islands carbon sequestration, subsidence reversal, and wetlands, during the San Francisco Estuary Conference in Oakland, California.

DWR received the Outstanding Environmental Project Award for its more than 2,000 acres of carbon sequestration, land subsidence reversal, and wetlands creation, enhancement, and restoration on Twitchell and Sherman Islands.

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