The 2016 Drought Contingency Plan for CVP & SWP operations

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board has posted the February through October 2016 Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) submitted by the California Department of Water Resources and United States Bureau of Reclamation to the State Water Board Executive Director in compliance with the December 15, 2015 State Water Board Order pertaining to changed requirements […]

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This just in … Initial State Water Project Allocation Set at ­­10 Percent

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From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial 2016 allocation of ­­10 percent for customers of the State Water Project. Depending upon the amount of rain and snow that reaches California this winter, the allocation may be increased or decreased.  If dry conditions continue into a fifth year of drought, DWR may […]

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Environmental documents for the Coordinated Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project presented at Los Banos public meeting

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The draft environmental documents analyze the environmental impacts of the implementation of the biological opinions on state and federal water project operations On Tuesday, September 15, the Bureau of Reclamation held a public meeting in Los Banos, one of the four public meetings held across the state to gather public comment on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the […]

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Weekend reading: DWR Issues Draft 2015 State Water Project Delivery Capability Report

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From the Department of Water Resources: The draft State Water Project Delivery Capability Report 2015 and Appendices have been released. This report updates estimates of the current (2015) and future (2035) State Water Project delivery capability and incorporates regulatory requirements for SWP and CVP operations in accordance with USFWS and NMFS biological opinions. Estimates of future capability also reflect potential impacts […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 2: Water supply reliability and its challenges

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Panelists discuss water operations and supply, climate change, the regulatory environment, water conservation, and water supply economics Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the Delta.  The Delta Challenges Workshop, held in […]

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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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