Tag Archive: Central Valley Project

Sep 16 2014

This just in … Reclamation Releases Additional Water to Address Fish Health in Lower Klamath River

From the Bureau of Reclamation: In response to the discovery of a parasite infection in Chinook salmon in the lower Klamath River, the Bureau of Reclamation began today to release additional water from Trinity Reservoir. On Monday, Sept. 15, scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fish Health Center captured and examined 20 fish …

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Sep 03 2014

This just in … State Water Board issues draft order denying petitions for reconsideration of the order granting Temporary Urgency Change Petitions to the State Water Project & Central Valley Project

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has issued a draft order denying the petitions for reconsideration of the Executive Director’s January 31, 2014 order approving the Temporary Urgency Change Petitions and their subsequent modifications to the water right license and permits for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. The …

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Aug 18 2014

This just in … California Sportfishing Protection Alliance files complaint against DWR and USBR for illegal diversion of water; also files petition for adjudication of Central Valley waters

From the California Sporfishing Protection Alliance, this press release: The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) has filed a formal complaint with the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) alleging that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) have been illegal diverting and exporting water for which they have …

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May 14 2014

Reclamation makes historic releases of water from Friant Dam to San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors

From the Bureau of Reclamation: Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Friant Dam near Fresno into the San Joaquin River on Thursday to help meet contractual obligations to deliver Central Valley Project water to the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. As a result of …

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May 14 2014

Reclamation updates CVP water supply for exchange contractors and refuges south of Delta

From the Bureau of Reclamation: “The Bureau of Reclamation today announced an update to the February 2014 Central Valley Project water supply for the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority, the San Joaquin River Settlement Contractors and south-of-Delta Level 2 refuge water supply contracts. The update reflects further refinements to project operations and slightly …

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Apr 19 2014

This just in … Friant, SLDMA, and S.J. River Exchange Contractors request modest increase in CVP releases this summer; “A prompt decision is vital; the viability of the San Joaquin Valley is at stake.”

The Friant Water Authority, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, and the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors have written Secretary Pritzker, Secretary Jewell, Region Director Murillo and Secretary Laird requesting a modest increase in the amount of Central Valley Project water released from upstream storage through the summer to allow for additional Delta pumping.  “The …

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Mar 18 2014

Official documents for the modifications to the Temporary Urgency Change Petitions for the state and federal water projects

Here are the official documents for today’s announced changes from the State Water Resources Control Board.  They weren’t included with the transcript from the media call because they hadn’t been released yet.  Below you will find the ‘Executive Director Order modifying an order that approved a temporary urgency change in license and permit terms and …

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Feb 28 2014

State Water Board issues notice of additional modifications to the order approving a temporary urgency change for SWP and CVP

From the State Water Resources Control Board: “On January 29, 2014, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) jointly filed a Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) that requested the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to temporarily modify water right permit and license terms for the Central …

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Feb 21 2014

Farm organizations, Feinstein react to announcement of zero allocation

Today, the Bureau of Reclamation announced the initial Central Valley Project allocations, giving no water to North of Delta and South of Delta ag contractors, 50% for CVP M&I contractors, and 40% for wildlife refuges and settlement contractors.  Here are the statements I’ve received or found so far, listed in alphabetical order.  More will be …

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Feb 21 2014

Reclamation announces initial 2014 Central Valley Project Water Supply Allocation: 0% for North of Delta, South of Delta ag; 50% for M&I

From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the initial 2014 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors, municipal and industrial contractors and federal refuges. The California Department of Water Resources reports that snowpack and precipitation in the Sierra Nevada are historically low and the snow-water content statewide stands at …

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Feb 17 2014

Reclamation notifies San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Authority that they will only receive 40% of their entitlement, far below their contractual 75% critical year entitlement

The Bureau of Reclamation has notified the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Authority (Exchange Contractors) that due to the exceptionally dry conditions, the Exchange Contractors will only be receiving 40% (or 336,000 acre-feet) this year, far below their 75% (or 650,000 acre-feet) critical year entitlement that is specified in their contracts. The San Joaquin River …

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Feb 01 2014

State Water Board approves state and federal water projects petition to conserve water during drought conditions

From the State Water Resources Control Board: “Responding to record dry conditions and diminishing water supplies in the state’s major rivers and reservoirs, the State Water Resources Control Board announced two key actions Friday to protect public health and safety from more severe water shortages should extreme drought conditions continue. State Water Board Executive Director …

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Jan 25 2014

Letter: State legislators write Bureau of Reclamation: “It would be unconscionable for the Bureau not to honor rescheduled water from the 2013-2014 contract year.”

A group of state legislators has written the Bureau of Reclamation’s Commissioner Michael Connor and Regional Director David Murillo expressing their concerns about the possibility of rescheduled water held over from last year not being available this year.  They say it would be ‘unconscionable’ for the Bureau not to honor the rescheduled water. “Many growers …

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Jul 01 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council hears about dry conditions and Shasta’s cold water pool, plus the Delta Watermaster’s latest report

The operators of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project have concerns that the releases of water now from Shasta Dam to maintain water quality standards in the Delta are jeopardizing the cold water pool needed to support salmon spawning in the fall, leading the State Water Board to agree to allow the …

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Dec 20 2012

Report Summary: Term 91 and Delta flow requirements

Delta by DWR

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is required by law to establish flow and water quality objectives that ensure the reasonable protection of beneficial uses.  With the revision of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan underway, and even the State Water Board itself admitting in a 2010 report, “The best available science suggests …

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