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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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January 2014 Drought News Release Archive

State Water Board Approves State and Federal Water Projects Petition to Conserve Water During Drought Conditions

January 31, 2014 – Responding to record dry conditions and diminishing water supplies in the state’s major rivers and reservoirs, the State Water Resources Control Board announced two key actions today to protect public health and safety from more severe water shortages should extreme drought conditions continue.
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DWR Drops State Water Project Allocation to Zero, Seeks to Preserve Remaining Supplies

January 31, 2014 – To protect Californians’ health and safety from more severe water shortages in the months ahead, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today took actions to conserve the state’s precious resources. As a result, everyone – farmers, fish, and people in our cities and towns – will get less water. DWR’s actions are in direct response to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s drought State of Emergency. In the declaration, the Governor directed DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to act to modify requirements that hinder conservation of currently stored water and allow flexibility within the state’s water system to maintain operations and meet environmental needs.
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CDFW Puts Closures in Effect on Some Rivers, Recommends Further Changes to the Fish and Game Commission

January 29, 2014 – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has closed some waters to fishing in order to protect native salmon and steelhead from low water flows in California streams and rivers that have been significantly impacted by drought. CDFW is also recommending that the Fish and Game Commission adopt emergency regulations on other rivers.
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Drought Prompts CAL FIRE to Increase Statewide Staffing

January 28, 2014 – With unseasonably high temperatures, limited rainfall and moisture levels resembling the state’s peak fire season, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) announced today that it has hired 125 supplemental firefighters in Northern California and extended seasonal firefighting forces in Southern California due to dry winter conditions.
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California Department of Public Health to Assist Communities with Most Vulnerable Drinking Water Systems Due to Drought

January 28, 2014 – With the state in its driest year on record, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that it has identified and offered support to 17 rural communities with vulnerable drinking water systems due to drought conditions.
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Final State Water Action Plan Released: Outlines California’s Near and Long Term Water Priorities

January 27, 2014 – As California experiences one of the driest winters on record, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture released the final California Water Action Plan, laying out goals and vision for the next five years. The plan will guide state efforts to enhance water supply reliability, restore damaged and destroyed ecosystems, and improve the resilience of our infrastructure.
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Governor Brown Declares Drought State of Emergency

January 17, 2014 – With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions.
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Drought Prompts CAL FIRE to Increase Statewide Staffing

January 28, 2014 – With unseasonably high temperatures, limited rainfall and moisture levels resembling the state’s peak fire season, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) announced today that it has hired 125 supplemental firefighters in Northern California and extended seasonal firefighting forces in Southern California due to dry winter conditions.
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California Department of Public Health to Assist Communities with Most Vulnerable Drinking Water Systems Due to Drought

January 28, 2014 – With the state in its driest year on record, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that it has identified and offered support to 17 rural communities with vulnerable drinking water systems due to drought conditions.
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Final State Water Action Plan Released: Outlines California’s Near and Long Term Water Priorities

January 27, 2014 – As California experiences one of the driest winters on record, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture released the final California Water Action Plan, laying out goals and vision for the next five years. The plan will guide state efforts to enhance water supply reliability, restore damaged and destroyed ecosystems, and improve the resilience of our infrastructure.
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Governor Brown Declares Drought State of Emergency

January 17, 2014 – With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions.
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