Tag Archives: State Water Resources Control Board

This just in … DWR & Reclamation request State Water Board to modify Delta water quality requirements April through September 2015

Aerial view at Lake Oroville showing "The Enterprise Bridge" (Lumpkin Road) along the South Fork (above "The Green Bridge").

Water projects say modifications are necessary to meet health and safety needs, control salinity intrusion in the Delta, preserve cold water pool, and maintain adequate protections for fish and wildlife; No decision yet on temporary rock barriers in the Delta The Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have submitted a request to the State Water Board, asking […]

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State Water Board to consider adoption of amendment to Ocean Plan addressing desalination facilities

Refugio Beach #7 June 2009

The amendment, set to be considered for adoption on May 5, will address intakes, brine discharges, mitigation and other issues for desalination facilities As water supplies have tightened throughout the state, more coastal communities have been considering desalination as a way to develop additional reliable supplies and serve as a buffer in times of drought, with the current exceptionally dry […]

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This just in … State Water Board Expands and Extends Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: “As California enters a fourth year of severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday adopted an expanded emergency regulation to safeguard the state’s remaining water supplies. “We are experiencing the lowest snowpack and the driest January in recorded history, and communities around the state are already suffering severely from the prior […]

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This just in … State Water Board Revises Order for State and Federal Water Project Operations During Drought

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This morning, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a press release regarding the March 5th revised order, which was posted last night: State Water Resources Control Board Executive Director Tom Howard today made several changes to the Temporary Urgency Change Order, first issued on February 3, covering the operations of the State Water Project (SWP) and the federal Central […]

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This just in … Executive Director of the State Water Board issues order further modifying the previous order approving some and denying other parts of the state and federal water projects’ Temporary Urgency Change Petition

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The Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board has issued the order, further modifying the previous decision which approved some parts and denied other parts of the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project’s request for a Temporary Urgency Change Petition. The order notes that the TUCP request this year was similar to the one approved for […]

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Urban Water Conservation Drops From 22 Percent to Near 9 Percent in January; Additional Mandatory Conservation Measures to be Considered March 17

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: As California enters a fourth year of drought, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced a steep decline in water conservation during the month of January, considered the driest January since meteorological records have been kept. Additionally, per capita water use inched up in January as compared to December 2014. […]

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This just in … State Water Board Addresses State and Federal Water Projects Petition to Conserve Water During Drought Conditions; Board Also Announces Further Action to Curtail Water Diversions

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: Facing the likelihood of a fourth consecutive drought year, the State Water Resources Control Board announced two actions today that will allow the state and federal water projects to conserve water supplies in upstream reservoirs and more effectively operate their facilities in response to ongoing dry conditions. The actions, in response to a […]

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This just in … State Urban Water Users Exceed 20% Conservation Goal for December; Individual Water Use Continues to Decline

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: While much of California has so far endured an exceptionally dry 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board announced that the statewide urban water conservation rate climbed to 22 percent in December, aided by a very wet end of 2014. Additionally, total water use by individual Californians continued to decline in December, another […]

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This just in … State Water Board releases staff report on ways to improve oversight of water right systems during drought for public review

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From the State Water Resources Control Board:   The State Water Resources Control Board today released a review of its implementation of the water rights system during 2014, part of an effort to improve the process as the state faces the likelihood of a fourth consecutive drought year. The staff review, developed from public input, focuses on ways to improve […]

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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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