Tag Archives: State Water Resources Control Board

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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State Water Board: Notice of surface water shortage and potential for curtailment of water right diversions for 2015

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: In January 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), responsible for administering California’s water rights system, took a number of key actions to provide for an […]

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Fran Spivy-Weber on sustainability initiatives and the California Water Action Plan

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Fran Spivy-Weber talks about the statewide sustainability initiatives included in the California Water Action Plan, and ends with the suggestion that agencies be creative and give regulators a chance Frances Spivy-Weber, Vice-Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, was first appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board in 2007, reappointed and elected Vice-Chair of the Board in 2009, […]

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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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Media call: State and federal officials discuss the 2015 Drought Operations Plan

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Officials from the water projects, fish agencies, and the State Water Board review how they responded last year, and outline what they plan to do if conditions remain dry Today, officials from state and federal water agencies and fish agencies held a media call to discuss the Drought Operations Plan, and how the agencies plan to address a possible fourth […]

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This just in … State Water Board Reports improvement in urban water conservation rates for November; Individual water use also continues to decline according to per capita daily water use numbers

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: Against the backdrop of early season rainfall that has delivered only a third of what would be needed to end the prolonged drought, statewide residential water conservation in November climbed to a 9.8 percent reduction in year-over-year water use. This change was an improvement from the October data, which indicated conservation efforts were […]

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