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April 2015 Drought News Release Archive

Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

April 1, 2015 - Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.
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Caltrans Continues Pursuing 50 Percent Water Reduction, Backs Irrigation Limits

April 2, 2015 - Caltrans today announced that the California Transportation Commission has allocated emergency funding to continue installing smart sprinklers on state property, technology that automatically adjusts to weather conditions, soil moisture or broken pipes, and has already helped cut water use 50 percent where installed.
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State Water Board Warns That Water Right Curtailments Are Coming Soon

April 3, 2015 - As California enters a fourth year of drought with a record-low snowpack, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is warning that water right holders, including some senior right holders, are likely to be curtailed soon within key watersheds in the state. The warning, to holders of more than 36,000 water rights across the state, is designed to give water right holders advance notice to help them make difficult spring planting decisions. The availability of water is a key factor in those planting decisions. The warning is the second one this year; the first was issued in January.
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Urban Water Conservation Plummets In February

April 7, 2015 - With April snow measured at its lowest level on record, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced that Californians in cities and towns reduced their water consumption by just 2.8 percent in February. This dismal conservation rate is the lowest monthly figure since the State Water Board began tracking the data in July 2014.  Today’s announcement comes just days after the State Water Board delivered a second notice to water rights holders – including those with senior water rights – of coming curtailments of their surface water supplies.
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Energy Commission Approves Water Appliance Standards to Save More Than 100 Billion Gallons Per Year

April 8, 2015 - The California Energy Commission approved standards for water appliances which will save more than 10 billion gallons of water in the first year. The energy efficiency and water standards approved today require water appliances to consume less water thereby using less energy while performing the same function.
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CPUC Orders Water Companies to Notify Customers of Drought Restrictions

April 9, 2015 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today ordered the water companies under its jurisdiction to notify customers of emergency regulations that were put into place by the State Water Resources Control Board on March 17, 2015, in order to preserve sufficient potable water and ensure safe drinking water for Californians. In a drought as severe as California is experiencing, prohibitions on the use of potable water for external irrigation is a key step in water conservation.
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Drought Triggers Need for Installation of Emergency Salinity Barrier on Delta Channel

April 15, 2015 - Faced with potentially insufficient water supplies to repel salinity in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), in consultation with federal and state water and wildlife agencies, is moving to install an emergency, temporary rock barrier across a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta channel. DWR seeks to install a single emergency salinity barrier across West False River in May, to be removed six months later in November.
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Fish and Game Commission Approves Emergency Fishing Closure on Part of Upper Sacramento River

April 17, 2015 - Recommendations by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to provide dual areas of protection to Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon were approved by the state Fish and Game Commission on April 17. An emergency regulation closing 5.5 miles of spawning habitat above the city of Redding on the Upper Sacramento River will go into effect on or about April 27. Enhanced protective measures were also included in the ocean sport and commercial fisheries regulations for the 2015 season.
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Curtailment Notices Sent to Junior Water Right Holders in San Joaquin Watershed

April 23, 2015 - With California’s extreme drought resulting in insufficient water to serve all water-right holders, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced today that junior water-right holders in the San Joaquin River watershed and on the Scott River are receiving curtailment notices. The notices advise the recipients to stop diverting water from the watersheds and allow it to flow to more senior water-right holders, as required by state law. Approximately 2,981 junior water-rights in the San Joaquin River watershed held by 1,474 individuals and entities will receive curtailment notices. The Scott River curtailment notice includes 162 water-rights held by 137 individuals and entities.
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State Water Board Approves Petition to Allow Water Transfers South of the Delta

April 27, 2015 - The State Water Resources Control Board’s Deputy Director for Water Rights today approved a request from the state’s two major water projects to allow more efficient transfers of water south of the Delta to address critical supply needs.The approval, similar to those granted in previous years, is supportive of the Governor’s direction to take actions to expedite transfers. It allows easier water transfers among contractors of the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project, making sure water gets to the users who need it most during the extreme drought now in its fourth year.
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Sacramento River Fishing Closure Into Effect Monday

April 27, 2015 – The recommendation by the state Fish and Game Commission to close more than five miles of the Sacramento River to fishing was approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on Friday April 24. An emergency regulation closing 5.5 miles of spawning habitat above the city of Redding on the Upper Sacramento River went into effect April 27. Enhanced protective measures were also included in the ocean sport and commercial fisheries regulations for the 2015 season.
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Governor Brown To Help Cities Bolster Water Waste Enforcement, Streamline Environmental Review Of Water Projects

April 28, 2015 - Governor Brown, meeting with mayors from across the state, today announced he will propose legislation to help local officials better enforce conservation requirements and will direct state agencies to streamline environmental review of local water supply projects.
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CSLB’s Compton Sting Shows Phony Landscapers Sprout in Drought

April 30, 2015 – As the California drought grows more severe, more homeowners are looking to replace their grass lawns with water-efficient landscaping or synthetic turf. However, a sting operation conducted by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) this week in Compton confirmed how unlicensed contractors are looking to cash in on the trend toward less-thirsty yards.
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