The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.


Dry January Shrinks Snowpack

DWR's second manual snow survey of the winter today suggests that, if anything, California's drought is getting worse. California relies on the snowpack for about 30 percent of its water during normal years, but the statewide snow water equivalent has shrunk from 50 percent of the multi-year average on December 30 to 25 percent today. Precipitation since the December storms has been so meager January may set a new dryness record for the month. If these conditions continue, California's drought surely will be confirmed for a fourth straight year. The need for water conservation is more urgent than ever.
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