Tag Archive: State Water Project

Dec 09 2014

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

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 …

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Dec 02 2014

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

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. …

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Dec 01 2014

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

  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 …

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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 25 2014

California Water Commission hears an update on the key activities of the State Water Project

At the August 20th meeting of the California Water Commission, Deputy Director of the State Water Project Carl Torgersen updated the Commission on the some of the key activities of the SWP, including drought operations, administrative issues, and the status of several construction projects. Note: This is part one of three-part coverage from the California …

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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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Aug 13 2014

Salinity management in the Delta during times of drought

At the July 25th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard a presentation on the challenges of managing the Delta’s salinity during times of drought. Salinity in the Delta is largely a tug of war between the daily and seasonal tides pushing in from San Francisco Bay and the flow of fresh water …

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May 02 2014

Temporary Urgency Change Petitions approved for State and Federal Water Projects

The Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board has issued an order approving further changes to the license and permit terms requiring compliance with Delta water quality objectives for the State Water Project and Central Valley Project. This order is approving some of the changes that were proposed in the April 9th request …

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Apr 19 2014

Kern County Water Agency, Metropolitan Water District and the State Water Contractors respond to the 5% allocation announcement

From the Kern County Water Agency: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today that it will increase the State Water Project (SWP) water delivery allocation from 0 to 5 percent.  This means that SWP water users in Kern County will now receive 49,137 acre-feet of SWP water in 2014. “Every acre-foot of water …

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Apr 18 2014

This just in … Late storms allow 5% allocation to State Water Project users, means Delta barriers avoided and drought relief actions for fish fast-tracked; Additional action sought on water quality standards

From the Department of Water Resources: Rain and snow from February and March storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water contract allocations for State Water Project (SWP) deliveries from zero to five percent. Precipitation from these recent storms also eliminates the current need for rock barriers to be constructed in …

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Apr 14 2014

Tentative agreement reached on State Water Project contract renewals

The Department of Water Resources and the State Water Contractors have reached a draft tentative agreement on a package of amendments to the State Water Project contracts that will extend the contracts to 2085, among other provisions.  At the April 8 meeting of the Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Water Resources Management …

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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 13 2014

DWR and Reclamation file temporary change petition with State Water Board to consolidate places of use

From the Department of Water Resources: In an effort to help alleviate Central Valley water shortages due to extreme drought conditions, today the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation together filed a petition with the State Water Resources Control Board to be able to exchange water within the areas served …

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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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