DWR Deputy Director of Flood Management and Dam Safety Gary Lipner, DWR Director Karla Nemeth, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency Executive Director Rick Johnson, United States Army Corps of Engineers Lieutenant Colonel and Acting Sacramento District Commander Kevin Arnett, and Central Valley Flood Protection Board President Jane Dolan

Extreme weather events in California in 2023 highlight the need for more awareness of flood risks in California and now is the time for all Californians to prepare for possible flooding. That was the message from state and federal agencies gathered today to show how they are joining forces to protect communities from another potential wet winter.

Boaters launch from Castaic Lake Boat Launch Ramp at Castaic Lake, a reservoir formed by Castaic Dam on Castaic Creek, in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of northwestern Los Angeles County, California. Photo taken May 11, 2023.

Today, the Department of Water Resources urges people to avoid physical contact with water at Castaic Lake in Los Angeles County until further notice due to the presence of blue-green algae.

An aerial view of Silverwood Lake, a large reservoir in San Bernardino County, California on May 13, 2023.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is urging the public to avoid contact with water at Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County until further notice due to blue-green algae (cyanobacteria).




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