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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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February 2014 Drought News Release Archive

California Department of General Services Urges K-12 Schools and Community Colleges to Cut Water Use

February 24. 2104 – In response to Governor Brown’s drought state of emergency declaration, California public school administrator have been asked to take immediate measures to reduce water use at campuses throughout the state.
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Workshop Set on Remote Sensing Applications for Water Resources Management and Drought

February 21, 2014 – Quantifying drought impacts and managing California’s water resources during drought conditions using satellite remote sensing will be among the topics of a February 25-26 workshop sponsored by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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Governor’s Office: Governor Brown, Legislative Leaders Announce Emergency Drought Legislation

February 19, 2013 – With California experiencing its worst water shortage crisis in modern history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez to announce legislation to immediately help communities deal with the devastating dry conditions affecting our state and provide funding to increase local water supplies.
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Governor’s Office: Governor Brown to Join President Obama in the Central Valley Today

February 14. 2014 – With California facing one of its driest years on record, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will join President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Congressman Jim Costa and other agriculture, water and community leaders today in the Fresno area for a roundtable discussion with farmers and other local stakeholders affected by the drought, and a visit to a local farm.
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Governor’s Office: Governor Brown’s Letter to Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

February 14, 2014 – Governor Brown sent a letter to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources urging passage of federal legislation.
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State, Federal Water Projects Seek More Efficient Drought Deliveries

February 13, 2014 – In an effort to help alleviate Central Valley water shortages due to extreme drought conditions, today the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation together filed a petition with the State Water Resources Control Board to be able to exchange water within the areas served by the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.
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CAL FIRE Increases Firefighter Staffing in Central Valley

February 11, 2014 – Despite recent rain, California has not received enough rainfall to make up for this winter’s dry weather pattern and the third dry year in a row. As a result, continued drought conditions and wildfires have required CAL FIRE to hire several dozen seasonal firefighters earlier than normal across the Central Valley and Central Sierra.
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Caltrans Activates Signs to Urge Drivers to Save Water

February 11, 2014 – In response to the state’s severe drought, Caltrans is launching a statewide educational campaign on the state’s highways, urging all Californians to conserve water.
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California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Praises Inclusive Feinstein, Boxer, Costa, Cardenas and Farr Drought Legislation

February 11, 2014 – California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird today issued the following statement on U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, U.S. Congressman Jim Costa, U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas, and U.S. Congressman Sam Farr’s legislation that gives California the tools and funding needed to address our historic drought crisis:
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California Department of Public Health Approves $250,000 for Willits Water Supply

February 10, 2014 – As several California communities face severe water shortages due to the drought, CAL FIRE, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are assisting the city of Willits, in Mendocino County, with the installation of an emergency water pipe.
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State Water Board and FERC Ready to Assist the State’s Hydropower Generators as Drought Conditions Persist

February 7, 2014 – With extreme drought conditions persisting throughout California and efforts underway to conserve water already in reservoirs, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced today it will work closely with state hydropower generators seeking flexibility in how much water they release downstream through their dams.
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CAL FIRE Increases Firefighter Staffing in Tulare County

February 6, 2014 – Prolonged drought conditions and an increase in wildfire activity have prompted CAL FIRE to hire additional firefighters in Tulare County. The hiring of nearly two dozen seasonal firefighters allows CAL FIRE to augment its staffing of fire engines and equipment that the department’s permanent firefighters have been doing for the past several months throughout the Central Valley and Sierra. In addition to the seasonal firefighters, CAL FIRE has also reopened its air base in Porterville to allow for the reloading of airtankers as needed.
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State Agencies Take Aggressive Action to Curb Water Use Across California

February 6, 2014 – Across California, state agencies and departments are taking immediate actions to curb water use at their facilities in response to the drought state of emergency declared by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
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CDFA Introduces Drought Information Webpage

February 5, 2014 – CDFA has developed a drought resources web page, which is intended to be a central location for information about the drought in California and assistance programs available to farmers, ranchers and farmworkers. The web site is also available in Spanish.
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Fish and Game Commission Adopts Emergency Regulations to Close Angling

February 5, 2014 – Taking swift action in response to severe drought conditions throughout the state, the California Fish and Game Commission today adopted emergency regulations to close some waters to angling as recommended by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) last week.
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DWR Director Welcomes Coordinated Federal Drought Aid

February 5, 2014 – California Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin on Wednesday welcomed an “all-in” federal effort to help California cope with extreme drought.
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Secretary Ross Issues Statement on $20 Million in Federal Assistance for California Producers Affected by Drought

February 4, 2014 – CDFA Secretary Karen Ross issued the following statement after joining USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack this morning to announce $20 million in federal assistance to support water conservation efforts by California farmers during severe drought conditions:
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