METROPOLITAN WATER PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: Coordinated Operations Agreement for the SWP/CVP, Voluntary settlement agreements

At the January meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa updated the Committee with details on the Voluntary Settlement Agreement that was proposed to the State Water Board, the renegotiated Coordinated Operations Agreement (COA) for the State Water Project (SWP) and the Central Valley Project (CVP), and the status of the […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Climate change effects on the State Water Project and Central Valley Project

The latest climate change assessments show reduced Delta exports and carryover storage due to climate change likely by mid-century In the latter half of 2018, both the federal and state governments released new climate change assessments that outline the projected course of climate change and its potential effects on water resources.  Both federal and state assessments include chapters on water […]

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California Water Plan Update 2018: Managing water resources for sustainability

The draft of the update, just under 50 pages, is a much more trimmed down version of its predecessors and includes cost estimates and funding options; public comment period through January 21st Kamyar Guivetchi is with the California Department of Water Resources, Statewide Integrated Water Management Branch where one of the main activities is updating the California Water Plan every […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Overview of Water Use Efficiency Legislation, Water Storage Investment Program Update

At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, agenda items included an overview of the SB 606/AB 1668 water conservation legislation which was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor earlier this year; Commission staff also gave an update on the Water Storage Investment Program, including the status of the contracts for administration of public benefits. OVERVIEW […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Update on implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

DWR updates the Commissioners on the evaluation of alternative plans, basin boundary modifications, and basin prioritization At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, staff from the Sustainable Groundwater Management Program at the Department of Water Resources updated the Commissioners on the various activities of the Department to implement Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Taryn Ravazzini, the Deputy Director […]

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COLORADO RIVER: Metropolitan Committee hears more details on the Drought Contingency Plan

Metropolitan Board of Directors expected to vote in December At the October meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, members were presented with an overview of the proposed Drought Contingency Plan for the Colorado River Basin which has been in negotiation for the last several years.  Since last month, the draft agreements have been finalized and shared throughout the […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta discusses the Water Fix economic analysis

In September of 2018, the Department of Water Resources released the latest economic analysis for the California Water Fix which was prepared by Dr. David Sunding, a professor of natural resource economics at UC Berkeley.  At the October meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Dr. Sunding was on hand to give an overview of the report. Dr. […]

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METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT: Update on Southern California regional groundwater conditions

Data shows groundwater recharge in the region has declined by 1.1 MAF since 2000; storage remains at unhealthy levels At the October meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Senior Engineer Matt Hacker updated the committee members on regional groundwater conditions, including groundwater production, recharge, and storage conditions. There are 88 groundwater basins and subbasins within the Metropolitan service […]

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The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan agreement and what it means to Metropolitan

Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee discusses the drought contingency plan for the Colorado River On Wednesday, the major headline in California water news was the impending agreement on a drought contingency plan for the Colorado River.  The details of the plan were discussed at Monday’s meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee. Program Manager Shanti Rosset […]

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Metropolitan’s Groundwater Banking Programs

Presentation looks at the benefits, challenges, and risks of Metropolitan’s groundwater banking programs Beginning in the early 1990s, Metropolitan Water District established a number of groundwater storage programs in the Central Valley and on the State Water Project which have provided substantial water supply benefits through the years.  At the August meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning & Stewardship Committee, James […]

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