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Kern County Water Agency, Metropolitan, and the State Water Contractors react to slight increase in State Water Project allocation

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Yesterday, the Department of Water Resources announced a slight increase in the State Water Project allocation from 15% to 20%.  Here are the reactions from water agencies, listed in alphabetical order: From the Kern County Water Agency: Today, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that the State Water Project (SWP) water allocation will increase from 15 to 20 […]

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Managing turbidity for Delta smelt

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Metropolitan’s David Fullerton and Paul Hutton say there’s a relationship between turbidity and Delta smelt, and demonstrate that by cutting back Delta pumping at strategic times, they can avoid take of Delta smelt at the export pumps and gain water in the long-run At the February 24th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, David Fullerton, Principal […]

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This just in … DWR raises State Water Project allocation to 20%

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From the Department of Water Resources: Few storms have graced California so far this winter, but those that did – in mid-December and early February – will allow the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water deliveries to most customers of the State Water Project (SWP) by an additional 204,000 acre-feet (AF). The modest increase in SWP allocation […]

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Metropolitan Bay Delta Committee hears presentation on treasurer’s BDCP affordability report, plus an update on SWP BDCP contract negotiations

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Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta hears a presentation on the state treasurer’s report which found that both urban and agricultural contractors can afford the project; plus a brief update on the State Water Project contract negotiations regarding allocation of costs of the BDCP At the January meeting of the Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, […]

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DWR and Reclamation file Temporary Urgency Change Petition requesting modifications to Bay-Delta requirements

The John E. Skinner Delta Fish Protective Facility, located 2 miles upstream of the Banks Pumping Plant, contains behavioral guidance devices, known as louvers, that divert most fish away from the pumps that lift water into the California Aqueduct.  At the Skinner Fish Facility, up to 15 million fish a year are saved from the pumps and returned to the Delta.

Water agencies request modifications to flow requirements, Delta Cross Channel operations and the export rate; outline possible future actions and factors to be considered during the year The Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have jointly filed a Temporary Urgency Change Petition with the State Water Resources Control Board requesting modifications for the next 180 days to […]

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This just in … State Water Board posts Drought Operations Plan and temporary change petition for South Delta salinity objectives

The San Joaquin - Sacramento delta, as seen from a ship traveling through the Stockton Ship Channel on September 24, 2013.

  From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Board has posted the following new information on its drought website at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/tucp.shtml   1) the January 15, 2015 Drought Contingency Plan for the State Water Project and Central Valley Project; and 2) a request from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to temporarily modify southern Delta salinity requirements at […]

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Delta Protection Commission hears about the Delta Levee Investment Strategy and DWR’s Drought Contingency Plan

The Delta Protection Commission met on November 20th in Clarksburg.

At the November meeting of the Delta Protection Commission, Cindy Messer from the Delta Stewardship Council gave a presentation on the Council’s Delta Levee Investment Strategy and DWR’s Paul Marshall updated the Commission on the Drought Contingency Plan. Delta Levee Investment Strategy Cindy Messer, Deputy Executive Officer of Planning with the Delta Stewardship Council, began by noting that the  Council was […]

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Metropolitan, Kern County Water Agency, State Water Contractors react to initial State Water Project allocation of 10%

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On Monday, officials announced the allocation for the State Water Project would be initially set at 10%; this figure could be increased or decreased, depending on how the season plays out.  Here are the reactions I’ce collected, listed in alphabetical order: From the Kern County Water Agency: Yesterday, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that the State Water […]

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2014 Water Year, part 1: A review of the third year of the drought: How the administration responded, an overview of SWP operations

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At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state responded to the drought. In his introduction to the agenda item, Supervising Engineer Kevan Samsam reminded the Council, “Never will the coequal goals be more tested than in one of these epic droughts. I think what we will […]

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This just in … Initial State Water Project Allocation Set at 10 Percent – May Be Reduced to Meet Critical Health and Safety Needs

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  The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial allocation of 10 percent for the customers of the State Water Project.  Depending upon the volume of rain and snow that reaches California this winter that initial allocation may be increased.  Should dry conditions return, DWR may reallocate State Water Project supplies to meet critical human health and safety […]

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