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

Key California Reservoirs Reach Capacity
  • Lake Oroville is at 104 percent of its historical average, or 83 percent of capacity. Photo by Kelly M. Grow, April 21, 2017
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The Northern California reservoirs of Oroville, Folsom, Antelope, Davis, Shasta, and Frenchman are all full. As of March 31, 2017, statewide reservoir storage was 113 percent of average, compared to 87 percent in 2016 and 68 percent in 2015. Groundwater reservoir levels are still recovering from drought. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. lifted the drought emergency in most of California on April 7, 2017. He said, “The drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner.”
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