Construction on the Main Spillway Crews continue to demolish the uppermost 730 feet of the original main spillway chute and have begun using controlled blasting in the center portion of the upper chute. In the middle chute, crews completed demolition of the temporary roller-compacted concrete walls, and are now preparing for construction of sub-drains, slab anchors, and structural concrete slabs and walls.
California State Parks and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [May 22] announced the Thermalito Diversion Pool and trails along its northern shore at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area will be open to the public for Memorial Day weekend, from Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. to sunset. … Not only will the public be able to use the Diversion Pool and the Brad Freeman Trail, they will also get a safe and up-close view of ongoing construction at the Lake Oroville spillways.
The Legislature created the Department of Water Resources in 1956 for the purpose of managing the State Water Project, then in its early stages of planning. … AB 3045 would create a new State Water Project Commission under the state’s Natural Resources Agency to run the project – the agency, whose secretary serves in the governor’s cabinet, has broad authority over DWR.
The California Department of Water Resources announced Monday this year’s allocation has been raised to 35 percent of full distribution, or 1.48 million acre-feet of water statewide. (One acre foot is enough to cover one acre of land with a foot of water.) As of last month, the agency planned to distribute only 30 percent of normal.
The second and final phase of reconstruction continues at the Oroville Dam spillways. … A flight over the location last week during a break in Butte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter training exercise, showed that much original concrete at the top of the chute has been removed, along with the walls.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [May 21] increased the State Water Project (SWP) allocation for 2018 to 35 percent – up slightly from the 30 percent allocation announced in April. In December, SWP contractors were notified of an initial 15 percent allocation that was later raised to 20 percent in January. “Late season rain and snow in March and April salvaged what would have been a severely dry year, which allows us to make this slight increase in allocation,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth.
Today [May 17] the Department of Water Resources (DWR) entered into a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement with the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA), forming a partnership for the design and construction of California WaterFix. “This agreement signals a key step toward implementation of WaterFix, and this partnership represents a true collaboration in the best interests of California,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth.
Waterfalls are a testament to each winter’s rain and snow. … About 33 percent of this winter’s total precipitation is locked in the snowpack and released as it melts, according to the Department of Water Resources.
This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes: Paleoclimatology will be the focus of this year’s extreme precipitation symposium; Discussing the lessons learned from last year’s California wildfires; OEHHA report examines dozens of climate change indicators in California; Remote attendance is still an option for those interested in science symposium; Grant applications being accepted for large-scale restoration projects; East vs. West: webinar will examine various instream flow policies; July workshop will take aim at strengthening coastal resilience
California WaterFix marked several key milestones last year and in recent months, including the completion of the State’s environmental review process, productive collaboration on cost allocation among the State Water Contractors, and the advancement of promising implementation and financing options. Final permitting for WaterFix is on the horizon and implementation is imminent.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and two other water districts that agreed to fund the California Waterfix tunnel project announced today [May 14] the formation of a public agency that will be charged with its design and construction. … The California Department of Water Resources also announced that it has created the Delta Conveyance Office …
“The month of May kicks off the busy recreation season at Lake Oroville and we look forward to offering free access on select days to encourage more visitors to the area,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “We’re committed to public safety while the construction in Oroville continues and we are equally focused on making sure visitors continue to enjoy the beauty of Lake Oroville.”
In order to get boaters and swimmers back to Lake Oroville after the Oroville Dam spillway was damaged in 2017, state agencies have announced they will waive fees for the recreational area on select days over the summer.
Imagine the snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains as a giant reservoir providing water for 23 million people throughout California. During droughts, this snow reserve shrinks, affecting water availability in the state.
For as long as agriculture has existed in the Central Valley, farmers have pumped water from the ground to sustain their livelihood and grow food consumed by much of the nation. This has caused the ground in certain places to sink, sometimes dramatically, eliminating valuable aquifer storage space that can never be restored.
Eric Ward went to one of his regular fishing spots near the Oroville Dam Friday morning, and the scene was far from serene. … The word from the Department of Water Resources is that the rubber booms were deployed to capture any hydraulic oil that spilled into the water when a valve was tested, explained Mark Anderson, assistant State Water Project deputy director.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
As the California State Fair kicks off today [July 11], Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) – is encouraging Californians to visit its displays featuring easy ways to save water inside and outside the home. Staff from DWR will be on hand to help attendees identify opportunities to conserve.