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DWR's Sean DeGuzman takes measurements at Phillips Station during the first snow survey of the 2020-2021 water year.

DWR conducted the first Phillips Station snow survey of the season. The manual survey recorded 30.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 10.5 inches, which is 93 percent of the January 1 average for this location.

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A spring evening over the California Aqueduct in the San Joaquin Valley.

With California off to a dry start for the water year, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial State Water Project (SWP) allocation of 10 percent of requested supplies for the 2021 water year.

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An aerial view of Enterprise Bridge along Lumpkin Road.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has published a summary report on the Oroville Dam Safety Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA), initiated in January 2018 to identify dam safety and operational needs following reconstruction of the spillways damaged in February 2017.

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(Left) Sean de Guzman, chief of California Department of Water Resources (DWR), Snow Surveys and Water Supply Forecasting Section, and Andy Reising, water resource engineer, DWR Snow Survey Section and Water Supply Forecast Section, conducts the final snow survey of the 2020 season at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The survey was held approximately 90 miles east of Sacramento off Highway 50 in El Dorado County.

California’s Water Year 2020 has come to a close and while Northern California was mostly dry, parts of Southern California experienced above average precipitation. The water year ended below average and further demonstrated the impact of climate change on the state’s water supply.

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