Tag Archive: water storage

Nov 20 2014

This just in … New report from UC Davis: Expanding California’s water supply: You can’t store what isn’t there

   “California’s approval of a $7.5 billion water bond has bolstered prospects for expanding reservoirs and groundwater storage, but the drought-prone state can effectively use no more than a 15 percent increase in surface water storage capacity because of lack of water to fill it, according to a new analysis released Nov. 20. The report …

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Oct 30 2014

California Water Commission: A progress report on DWR’s System Reoperation Study

At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, Ajay Goyal, Chief of the Department of Water Resources Surface Storage Investigations branch, briefed Commission members on the status of the Department’s System Reoperation Study. The study, mandated by SB X2 1 in 2008, seeks to identify potential strategies for the reoperation of statewide flood protection …

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Sep 08 2014

Reclamation releases draft EIS for Temperance Flat reservoir for public review

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation for a 45-day public review. The project proposes to build a 665-foot dam and 1.33 MAF reservoir at Temperance Flat on the San Joaquin River between Friant and Kerckhoff dams. “Releasing this draft for …

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Aug 01 2014

California Water Commission part 4: Briefing on Water Storage Integration and Delta Vision Foundation Policy Paper​

At the July 16th meeting of the California Water Commission, Charles Gardiner from the Delta Vision Foundation gave a briefing on an upcoming water storage integration and Delta Vision Foundation policy paper.  He began by saying he would give some background on the work they’ve been doing over the last six months, and after which …

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Jul 31 2014

California Water Commission, part 3: An update on Sites Reservoir

At the July 16 meeting of the California Water Commission, Jim Weiking from the Department of Water Resources and Thad Bettner with the Glenn Colusa Irrigation District gave a presentation on the North of Delta Offstream Storage Project (NODOS), otherwise known as Sites Reservoir.  Their presentation included a detailed discussion on how Sites would add …

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Jun 19 2014

An update on potential new water storage projects, part 3: Preliminary results of California water storage projects survey

The CalFed surface storage investigations were looking primarily at large reservoirs, but there are substantially more options for smaller, regional reservoirs that could add to local water supply reliability, but provide statewide benefits as well.  At the request of the Delta Stewardship Council, the California Water Commission teamed up with the Association of California Water …

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Jun 18 2014

An update on potential new water storage projects, part 2: Potential beneficiaries talk about Sites, Temperance Flat and other storage projects

The CalFed storage investigations have been underway for decades.  As the feasibility studies round to an end, presumably, and a decision point nears, will there be any takers for the water?  In this next panel, Thad Bettner, General Manager for the Glenn Colusa Irrigation District, discusses the North of Delta Offstream Storage  project, more commonly …

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Jun 17 2014

An update on potential new water storage projects, part 1: An update on CalFed surface storage investigations and an overview of water storage

Increasing water storage, both above and below ground, has become a part of the conversation as the state grapples with the critically dry conditions. At the April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the issue took center stage as Council members heard from three different panels.  In this first panel, Jason Phillips, Deputy Regional Director …

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Apr 10 2014

Miller, Costa introduce legislation to secure more reliable water supply; Legislation would expedite expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir

From the office of Congressmember George Miller: “In response to California’s ongoing drought and the State’s immediate need for increased water storage capacity and long-term water solutions, U.S. Reps. George Miller (CA-11) and Jim Costa (CA-16) introduced new legislation today to expedite construction to expand the Los Vaqueros Reservoir, an existing State water storage project. …

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Mar 19 2014

Reaction to Congressmen Garamendi & LaMalfa’s proposed Sites Reservoir legislation:

The announcement of legislation by Congressmembers Garamendi & LaMalfa to authorize a feasibility study and the construction of Sites Reservoir was likely overshadowed by the larger event in Fresno today, so reaction to this announcement has been light. Here’s what I’ve received so far; I’ll continue to add to it if I find any more. …

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Mar 19 2014

Congressmen Garamendi and LaMalfa announce Sites Reservoir water storage bill; Would help California prepare for future droughts

From Congressman Garamendi’s office: Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA-03) and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01) announced the bipartisan Sacramento Valley Water Storage and Restoration Act of 2014, which would authorize a feasibility study and construction of Sites Reservoir in Colusa County, California. The bill sets a deadline for the completion of the feasibility study and if deemed …

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Mar 04 2014

Congressman Costa introduces bills to increase California water storage

From Congressman Jim Costa’s website: Rep. Jim Costa introduced a package of legislation that would invest in California’s water infrastructure and expedite construction on existing storage projects to improve water reliability across the state. The current drought has highlighted the dire need for long-term water solutions, especially increasing the state’s storage capacity. Costa’s legislation that …

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Feb 19 2014

Bureau of Reclamation releases Draft Feasibility Report for a dam at Temperance Flat

A dam on the Upper San Joaquin River at Temperance Flat would cost $2.5 billion, provide benefits from $95 to $578 million, and could potentially provide water for both Central Valley agriculture and State Water Project users, according to the draft feasibility analysis released by the Bureau of Reclamation. A dam at Temperance Flat has …

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Jan 22 2014

Maven’s Minutes from the California Water Commission: Water storage, dry conditions, “Safeguarding California”, and an update on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

At the California Water Commission’s January meeting, the Commission re-elected the Chair and Vice-Chair to another one-year term, heard briefings on the Delta Stewardship Council’s water storage issue paper, the dry conditions, the Natural Resources Agency’s Safeguard California Plan, and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Agenda Item 5: Election of chair and vice-chair The California …

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Dec 31 2013

Bureau of Reclamation releases progress report on Sites Reservoir

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a progress report on the North of the Delta Offstream Storage (NODOS), otherwise known as Sites Reservoir, which presents the results to date of the feasibility study.  The storage investigation, now in its third phase, is one of four authorized for study in 1996 during the CalFed era. The …

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