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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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May 2014 Drought News Release Archive

San Joaquin River Watershed Junior Water Rights to be Curtailed

May 30, 2014 -- With California’s extreme drought resulting in insufficient water to serve all water-rights holders, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced today that junior water-rights holders in the San Joaquin River watershed are receiving curtailment notices. The notices advise the recipients to stop diverting water from the watershed and allow it to flow to more senior water-right holders, as required by state law.
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Russian River Junior Water Rights to be Curtailed

May 29, 2014 -- With California’s extreme drought resulting in insufficient water to serve all water-rights holders, the State Water Resources Control Board began sending out curtailment notices to some junior water right holders on the upper Russian River. The notices advise the recipients to stop diverting water from the watershed and allow it to flow to more senior water-right holders, as required by state law.
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State Water Board Notifies Junior Water-Right Holders of Necessary Cutbacks in the Sacramento River Watershed

May 28, 2014 -- With California’s extreme drought resulting in insufficient water to serve all water-rights holders, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced today that junior water-rights holders in the Sacramento River watershed would receive curtailment notices. The notices advise the recipients to stop diverting water from the watershed and allow it to flow to more senior water-right holders, as required by state law.
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State Water Board Takes First Step Towards Curtailments For Sacramento River Tributaries

May 14, 2014 -- With California’s storm season at an end and weather warming up, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has announced proposed regulations that would require curtailments on water diversions if minimum flows in three Sacramento River tributaries are not met. The proposed regulations are a first step towards potential curtailments in Mill Creek, Deer Creek and Antelope Creek.
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CDFW and NOAA Fisheries Introduce Voluntary Drought Initiative to Protect Salmon and Steelhead

May 14, 2014 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries announced a Voluntary Drought Initiative today designed to protect populations of salmon and steelhead from the effects of the current unprecedented drought.
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State to Pursue Drought-Tolerant Landscaping, Irrigation in Capitol Park

May 9, 2014 - As record dry conditions persist across the state, the California Department of General Services (DGS) will roll-out a new drought-tolerant irrigation and landscaping program this week to preserve the oldest arboretum west of the Mississippi – home to hundreds of historic trees, many more than a decade old.
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HCD to Provide Rental Assistance to Eligible Families Hit Hard by the Drought

May 6, 2014 - The California Department of Housing and Community Development will soon be providing rental assistance funds for eligible families severely impacted by the drought. A Request for Qualifications has just been released to seek out local government agencies and nonprofits to administer $10 million of this assistance.
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Californians Don’t Waste Hits the Radio

May 6, 2014 – Save Our Water this week is launching a new statewide radio campaign to bring awareness to, and educate, Californians on how to save water every day. The radio campaign builds on an extensive statewide outdoor billboard program unveiled by Save Our Water last week.
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Year’s Final Snow Survey Comes up Dry

May 1, 2014 – Today’s final snow survey of the year found more bare ground than snow as California faces another long, hot summer after a near-record dry winter. Today’s manual and electronic readings recorded the statewide snowpack’s water content –which normally provides about a third of the water for California’s farms and cities -- at a mere -- 18 percent of average for the date.
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