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

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   “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 by water engineers and scientists […]

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

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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 and water supply systems that […]

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Reclamation releases draft EIS for Temperance Flat reservoir for public review

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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 public comment today is a […]

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

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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 Marguerite Patil with the Contra […]

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

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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 flexibility to the state’s water […]

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

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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 Agencies to survey water agencies […]

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

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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 known as Sites Reservoir, Ara […]

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

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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 for USBR, provided an overview […]

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

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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. Expanding Los Vaqueros will improve […]

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

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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. In alphabetical order: From Assemblymember […]

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