NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR provides update on Lake Oroville Spillway repair work; Spring Delta waterway clean up; New Delta tourism and recreation website

DWR Provides Update on Lake Oroville Spillway Repair Work From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released all three of the reports prepared by the independent Board of Consultants about the damaged spillways at Lake Oroville. The reports have been released with Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) redacted. DWR will follow this same […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Michelle Banonis appointed Assistant Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Water Resources; Weekly water and climate update: Sierra snowpack greater than last four years combined

Michelle Banonis appointed Assistant Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Water Resources From the Office of the Governor: Michelle Banonis, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant chief deputy director at the California Department of Water Resources. Banonis has been area manager for the Bay Delta Office at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation since 2016, where she has served […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Coalition: Delta Plan amendments miss the boat; New report reveals human impacts of nearly two decades of water cuts in CA, Coalition for a Sustainable Delta and CA Farm water coalition respond

Delta and Environmental Justice Coalition: Delta Plan Amendments Miss the Boat From Restore the Delta: On April 18, Restore the Delta and The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water sent a joint letter in opposition to the Delta Stewardship Council’s proposed amendments for surface storage, conveyance, and performance measures to the Delta Plan. The amendments lack a true needs assessment for […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR awards contract for Oroville Spillway repair

DWR Awards Contract for Oroville Spillway repair From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today awarded a contract to Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., for repair work on Oroville Dam’s spillways. Repairs are scheduled to begin immediately to have the system operational by November 1, the traditional start of the winter rainy season. Kiewit’s bid of […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Independent Review Panel posts report for California Water Fix; Report recommends integrated and community-based approaches to data and modeling; Low salmon projections lead to fisheries restrictions, some closures in 2017; Weekly water and climate update

Independent Review Panel posts report for California Water Fix Aquatic Science Peer Review An Independent Review Panel was convened by select staff of the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program to provide the National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , and California Department of Fish and Wildlife with the views of experts not involved in the Endangered […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR Opens Bids for Oroville Spillway Repair

Bids for spillway work start at $275 million From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today opened bids submitted by three contractors to repair the Oroville spillway. The bids are for work to implement DWR’s Oroville spillway recovery plan so a system is in place by November 1, 2017 that can safely accommodate next winter’s […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Project Deliveries Increased

State Water Project allocation 100% for North-of-Delta contractors; 85% for other contractors From the Department of Water Resources: With record rainfall in the Northern Sierra and the snowpack still building, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its estimate of this year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply to 100 percent for contractors north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and […]

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THIS JUST IN … Northern Sierra Precipitation Sets Water Year Record

Atmospheric Rivers Pushed Total to 89.7 Inches since October 1 From the Department of Water Resources: Never in nearly a century of Department of Water Resources (DWR) recordkeeping has so much precipitation fallen in the northern Sierra in a water year. DWR reported today that 89.7 inches of precipitation – rain and snowmelt – has been recorded by the eight […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Final California water conservation plan and proposed legislation released; Reclamation releases 2017 Klamath Project Operations Plan; Met board OKs planning role in Sites Reservoir

Final California Water Conservation Plan and Proposed Legislation Released From Best Best & Krieger: Urban water suppliers would face significant new requirements under water conservation and drought resiliency legislation proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation, released in the form of budget trailer bill language late Friday, implements portions of a May 2016 Executive Order issued by Brown to conserve […]

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REACTIONS to Reclamation’s updated Central Valley Project allocation of 100% water supplies for South-of-Delta contractors

Yesterday, the Bureau of Reclamation announced an updated Central Valley Project water allocation, giving full water supplies for south-of-Delta farmers.  Here are the reactions from organizations and legislators, presented in alphabetical order: From the California Farm Water Coalition: On the heels of yet another storm that brought us within .75 inches of breaking the all-time record wet year, the US […]

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