News Worth Noting: Metropolitan revises supply allocation plan, fast drought facts, and new report on water governance and climate change

MWD logoGearing up for more drought, Metroplitan board revises supply allocation plan, adds $40 million to rebate program: “In response to California’s record drought, Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors today revised the district’s region-wide, water allocation plan and added $40 million to its conservation rebate budget to keep pace with unparalleled public demand.  The adjusted allocation plan distributes Metropolitan’s imported supplies among its 26 member agencies during shortages and establishes a surcharge for excess water use. If drought conditions persist, the board could consider triggering the allocation plan in the first quarter of 2015. “Making tough decisions about restricting supplies is one of the hardest things we do as a water board,” said Metropolitan board Chairman Randy Record. “By taking this action today, we are better prepared to manage water shortages should the situation worsen.” … ”  Read more here: Allocation Plan Revised FINAL

cwf logoFast Drought Facts: Why Recent Rains Haven’t Broken California’s Extreme Drought:Many parts of California experienced record-breaking rainfall last week and another strong storm looms this week, but the overall situation remains the same – the majority of our state remains in extreme drought. Reservoirs are still at near historic lows, groundwater basins are being pumped dry, and a new state report reveals that Californians have slowed up on conserving water.  Consider the following facts and statistics … ”  Read more here:  Fast Drought Facts

water in the west logoNew report: Water Governance and Climate Change:  “A new report on water governance and climate change through the lens of the current California drought has just been released by Stanford University’s Water in the West Program. This report, authored by Water in the West visiting scholar Jacqueline Peel and research analyst Janny Choy, summarizes the insights, lessons and key findings of a workshop hosted by Water in the West in September 2014, which brought together participants who have played central roles in managing water during California’s current drought.  The conference focused on planning, management, response, and other aspects of water governance in the face of climate change.  Participants included officials from local, state and federal agencies and researchers from Stanford and other universities and institutions. Topics addressed at the conference (and in the report) include the ramifications of increasingly severe droughts on water users and the environment, how water managers have made water allocation and other decisions during the current drought, and how to improve water management and governance in the context of a changing climate.”  Click here to download the report.

 

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