DWR Climate Change Blog

We would like to share our experiences with the communities we work with to advance climate change science, adaptation and mitigation. Connections result in strengthening relationships and developing strategies for water management in the State with regard to a changing climate.

Blogs

thermalito pumping generating powerplant

DWR took another step in its ambitious efforts to reduce climate change impacts by replacing an old electricity-generating turbine with a new, energy efficient model at the Ronald B. Robie Thermalito Pumping-Generating Powerplant in Butte County that will help the Department achieve its goal of using 100 percent zero-emission resources by 2045.

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Snow runoff in a Sierra Nevada mountain stream

To adapt to intensifying extremes, federal, state, and local governments must be proactive in analyzing how climate change may impact California’s natural resources – as well as people and property. In a step to toward that goal, DWR released “Moving to Action”, a call for essential partnerships, planning, and collaboration with state, federal, and ...

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image of Elissa Linn

“Pineapple Express” or “Atmospheric River” are terms you may hear often. But what do they mean, really? DWR Climate Change Program Section Chief, Elissa Lynn, gave a presentation on DWR’s Water Wednesdays live educational series where she discussed these storm systems, what they mean for California, and their impact on the state’s water reservoirs ...

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Sierra Nevada Mountains with snow -- photo taken April 30, 2020

California has the most variable weather conditions in the United States, often varying between extremes such as drought and flood. Our ability to forecast variable weather conditions well in advance is a driving factor in how water managers maximize the benefits and minimize the hazards of each storm.

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A view of Cordelia Pumping Plant, part of State Water Project operated by the Department of Water Resources (DWR).

The Department of Water Resources has released California's first-ever greenhouse gas emissions performance metric to help the Department reduce its carbon footprint and help the public track the ‘carbon intensity’ of water moving across California.

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Cindy Messer discusses key policy and institutional challenges during the Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Summit on September 17, 2019.

“Mother nature is changing fast, and we need to change along with her,” California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot told an audience of climate scientists, water managers, and other stakeholders at a climate change conference on September 17 in Sacramento.

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