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DWR Captures and Stores Water from Record-Breaking Snowpack

California Department of Water Resources, 7/19/2023 – 2023 has demonstrated how quickly California can move from one extreme to another — as severe drought conditions gave way to flooding and one of the largest snowpacks in 70 years. Because of this extreme variability, and in an effort to always be climate ready, DWR and partners proactively worked to take advantage of this year’s record-breaking precipitation and prepare for the next drought. Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders this year allowed DWR to quickly manage snowmelt runoff and leverage it for groundwater recharge, water transfers, and increased storage in reservoirs.

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