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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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March 2014 Drought News Release Archive

California Unveils New Water Conservation Public Service Announcements

March 19, 2014 – As a part of the statewide effort to encourage everyone to conserve water, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services partnered with the Department of Water Resources and Save Our Water to create several Public Service Announcements to emphasize water use efficiency and conservation at home, in the workplace, at school or anywhere. We encourage you to share these on your own social media accounts, websites and anywhere else you would like.
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State Water Board Approves $800 Million in Financial Incentives for Recycled Water Projects to Provide Drought Relief

March 19, 2014 – The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) this week approved new low-interest financing terms for water recycling projects to help California produce an additional 150,000 acre-feet of recycled water annually, one of several actions Governor Brown called for in his Drought State of Emergency.
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State Streamlines Domestic Water Tank Storage Process In Response to Drought

March 13, 2014 – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced that they will expedite approval for the installation of storage tanks by landowners who currently divert water from these important rivers and streams.
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California Department of Public Health Provides Funding to West Goshen Drinking Water System to Address Drought Impacts

March 7, 2014 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Drinking Water Program (DWP) today announced that the West Goshen water system, previously identified as being in immediate danger of acute drinking water shortages, is no longer at risk due to emergency funding to build an interconnection with a larger drinking water system and replace a failing well pump. As the ongoing extreme drought conditions continue in the state, CDPH continues to assist drinking water systems at risk of running out of water.
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Governor Signs Drought Legislation

March 1, 2014 – The legislation had broad, bipartisan support. SB 103 passed 34-2 in the Senate and 64-3 in the Assembly. SB 104 passed 33-3 in the Senate and 68-1 in the Assembly. The bills provide $687.4 million to support drought relief, including money for housing and food for workers directly impacted by the drought, bond funds for projects to help local communities more efficiently capture and manage water and funding for securing emergency drinking water supplies for drought-impacted communities.
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