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(Left) Lake Oroville July 20, 2011
(Right) Lake Oroville January 16, 2014

(Left) Lake Oroville July 20, 2011
(Right) Lake Oroville January 16, 2014

(Left) NASA satellite image of Sierra Nevada on January 18, 2013
(Right) NASA satellite image Sierra Nevada on January 18, 2014

(Left) Folsom Lake July 20, 2011
(Right) Folsom Lake January 16, 2014

(Left) Folsom Lake March 2011
(Right) Folsom Lake January 2014

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April 2014 Drought News Release Archive

State Water Board to Host Free Infrastructure Funding Fair

April 29, 2014 – The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), along with six partner agencies, will host a California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) Funding Fair in Sacramento on May 28th. The fair, which will take place in the Coastal Room of the Cal/EPA building, 1001 I Street in Sacramento, will offer public works and local government representatives the opportunity to learn about current available funding for infrastructure projects. These include, but are not limited to, projects involving drinking water, wastewater, solid waste, water quality, water supply, water conservation, energy efficiency, flood management, community facilities, streets and highways, and emergency response vehicles.
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Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Redouble State Drought Actions

April 25, 2014 – With California’s driest months ahead, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water.
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Additional Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss CDFA’s New Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program

April 22, 2014 – An additional public meeting to discuss CDFA’s new water efficiency and enhancement program has been scheduled for May.
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State Water Board Approves $4 Million in Funds for Interim Replacement Drinking Water for Economically Disadvantaged Communities

April 22, 2014 – The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) today approved $4 million in funding to provide interim replacement drinking water for economically disadvantaged communities with contaminated water supplies.
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Late Storms Allow 5 Percent Allocation to State Water Project Users, Means Delta Barriers Avoided and Drought Relief Actions for Fish Fast-Tracked

April 18, 2014 - Rain and snow from February and March storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water contract allocations for State Water Project (SWP) deliveries from zero to five percent. Precipitation from these recent storms also eliminates the current need for rock barriers to be constructed in the Delta to prevent saltwater intrusion. Additional flexibility in salinity control requirements is being sought as an alternative to the Delta rock barriers that is less harmful for fish, wildlife, and other Delta water users. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) announced that it will fast-track actions to manage and reduce the drought’s impact on fish.
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Department of Social Services: Drought Relief Provides Food to California’s Hardest Hit Communities

April 17, 2014 – As the hot, dry months approach and extreme drought grips much of the state, the California Department of Social Services’ (CDSS) today announced that food banks in 24 drought-affected counties will be receiving shipments of food assistance. The first $5.1 million in food assistance will begin to hit food bank shelves in early May, delivered directly to drought-impacted communities.
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Los Angeles Water Board Takes Action to Increase Efficiency of the State’s Oldest Water Recycling Project

April 11, 2014 – The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board Thursday took action to increase storage of recycled water for future use in a local groundwater basin, potentially saving more than 4.8 million gallons of imported water a year -- enough to serve 71 households for a year.
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CAL FIRE Continues to Increase Staffing in Northern California

April 10, 2014 – After several March storms, temperatures have gone back up and California’s wildfire activity level has returned to above average. Starting Monday, April 14, CAL FIRE will hire nearly 100 additional seasonal firefighters that will be stationed from Shasta County down to Santa Cruz County; a move several months earlier than normal.
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Drought Operations Plan for Coming Dry Months Presented by Federal, State Water Managers

April 9, 2014 – Managing California’s scarce water resources in order to protect the state’s economy and environment during one of the worst droughts on record, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a multi-stage Drought Operations Plan for the rest of 2014.
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California Department of Housing and Community Development Responds to Drought Challenges with Special Funding for Critical Areas

April 9, 2014 – Acting to implement emergency legislation to help families who face economic uncertainty because of the drought, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced today that $21 million in funding for rental assistance will soon be available.
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Drought Task Force Meets with Central Coast on Drought Impacts, Response Efforts

April 4, 2014 – Leaders of the Governor’s Drought Task Force met with local officials in Santa Cruz County to hear first-hand accounts and direct impacts of the current drought.
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Despite Storms, Snowpack Still Far Below Normal

April 1, 2014 – Department of Water Resources snow surveyors today found the Sierra snowpack boosted by late-season storms, but still far below normal as the spring melt fast approaches. Coupled with this winter’s scant rainfall, the meager snowpack -- containing only 32 percent of average water content for the date – promises a gloomy summer for California farms and many communities.
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