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May 2015 Drought News Release Archive

State Water Board Curtails Sacramento River, Delta Junior Water Rights

May 1, 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 Sacramento River watershed and Delta are receiving curtailment notices. The notices advise the recipients to stop diversions of water and allow it to flow to more senior water-right holders, as required by state law.
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State Water Board Adopts 25 Percent Mandatory Water Conservation Regulation

May 5, 2105 - With emergency drought conditions persisting throughout California, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation requiring an immediate 25 percent reduction in overall potable urban water use statewide in accordance with Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 Executive Order. The action follows the release of water production figures for the month of March which registered only a slight increase from the amount of water saved in the prior month. The amount of water conserved in March 2015, as compared to March 2013 was 3.6 percent, up less than one percent from February’s results.
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State Water Board Addresses Environmental Concerns In New Desalination Facility Standards

May 6, 2015 - The State Water Resources Control Board today approved an amendment to the state’s Water Quality Control Plan for the Ocean Waters of California (Ocean Plan) to address effects associated with the construction and operation of seawater desalination facilities.
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CPUC Orders Water Companies To Implement 25 Percent Conservation Measures In Response To Drought

May 7, 2015 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today ordered the water companies under its jurisdiction to comply with emergency water use regulations adopted by the state Water Resources Control Board on May 5, 2015, as the state works to safeguard California’s remaining potable urban water supplies in preparation for a possible fifth year of drought. The CPUC oversees 113 investor-owned water utilities that provide water service to approximately 16 percent of California’s residents. The CPUC today ordered these companies to comply with the state Water Resources Control Board’s adopted measures, which were in response to Governor Brown’s April 1, 2015, Executive Order mandating a 25 percent reduction in water use statewide for all urban water users compared with 2013 usage.
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Construction Begins on Emergency Drought Barrier in Delta

May 8, 2015 - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has begun construction on a temporary emergency drought barrier on West False River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta after receipt of all necessary state and federal permits for the project. The barrier will help block saltwater from flowing into the central Delta and contaminating water supplies for millions of Californians during a fourth consecutive summer of drought.
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CDFW to Host Public Meetings to Initiate Partnership with Sonoma County Landowners

May 11, 2015 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites Sonoma County residents to two upcoming public meetings to discuss the impacts of the drought on endangered coho salmon and other aquatic life. CDFW is urging landowners to commit to voluntary water conservation measures in critical watersheds as a necessary means to save the fish.
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Energy Commission Funds Energy and Water Saving Research

May 13, 2015 - The California Energy Commission today approved more than $16 million in grants to demonstrate water and energy saving technologies that promise to make the water, industrial, and agricultural sectors more efficient. The Energy Commission approved five Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) grants which lay a foundation for the Water Energy Technology (WET) program—one of the four Energy Commission responsibilities in Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s April 1 drought-related Executive Order.
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State Water Board Approves $19 Million for Interim Emergency Drinking Water and Drought-Related Projects

May 19, 2015 - Today the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) approved guidelines for $19 million in funding to help public agencies, community water systems, not-for-profit organizations and tribal governments meet emergency drinking water needs.
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Surviving the Drought: Irrigation Workshops Will Help Landscape Professionals Use Water Efficiently Amid New Restrictions

May 21, 2015 - Mandatory new restrictions on water use are being implemented throughout California as the state begins its fourth consecutive summer of drought. To help professional landscapers improve water use efficiency, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) at UC Davis will hold three workshops over the next few weeks.
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State Water Board Approves Voluntary Cutback Program for Delta Riparian Water Rights

May 22, 2105 - Today the State Water Resources Control Board approved a proposal from riparian water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to voluntarily cut back water use in exchange for assurances they would not face further riparian curtailment during the June-September growing season.
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DWR Endorses NOAA’s Recognition of Need To Improve Seasonal Precipitation Forecasting

May 26, 2015 - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today welcomed NOAA’s recognition of the need to support DWR and other agencies with improved seasonal predictions of precipitation to facilitate water management during California’s four-year drought. Governor Brown’s January 2014 proclamation of a drought emergency specifically directed DWR to improve seasonal climate forecasting and drought prediction. The recently-completed NOAA California Drought Service Assessment contains more than three dozen findings and recommendations that NOAA said may lead to improved and more tailored data products and tools, such as weather forecasts and climate models.
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Drought Impacts, Public Perceptions To Be Discussed At Upcoming California State Board Of Food And Agriculture Meeting

May 28, 2015 - The complexity of drought impacts and a wide range of public perceptions will be discussed at the next California State Board of Food and Agriculture meeting on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 ‘N’ Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.
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State Water Board DROPS Program Awards $30 Million to Schools to Promote Stormwater Capture

May 29, 2015 - Today the State Water Resources Control Board announced 30 school districts and institutions throughout California will receive more than $30 million in funds to educate students and create on-campus projects relating to stormwater capture and water conservation.
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Emergency Drought Barrier Nears Completion

May 29, 2015 - Construction of a temporary emergency drought barrier at West False River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is nearing completion about two weeks sooner than anticipated, according to the Department of Water Resources (DWR). The barrier now spans the approximately 750-foot-wide river between Jersey and Bradford islands and blocks salt water that tidal action attempts to push eastward from San Francisco Bay into Franks Tract.
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