THIS JUST IN … Reclamation Announces the 2017 Water Supply Allocation for the Central Valley Project

100% to north of Delta and In-Delta contractors, farmers south of Delta get 65%, M&I gets 90% From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the 2017 water supply allocation for the remaining Central Valley Project contractors. On Feb. 28, 2017, Reclamation announced the water supply allocation for CVP contractors in the Friant Division (Millerton Reservoir), Eastside […]

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THIS JUST IN … ACWA, California Farm Water Coalition say State Water Board’s San Joaquin River flow proposal is the wrong approach

The organizations advocate a ‘functional flows’ approach Today was the deadline for comments to be submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on the proposal for phase 1 of the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan update, which recommends a range of between 30 and 50 percent of unimpaired flow, with a starting point of 40 percent. Earlier today, […]

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THIS JUST IN … Oroville Dam, Friday noon: Water to flow down damaged spillway today; Spill event to last five to six days

The Department of Water Resources held a media call this morning to give an update on the situation at Oroville Dam.  Here’s what they had to say: Acting Director Bill Croyle began with the numbers.  The lake elevation is 864’; the lake has risen about one foot in the last 24 hours.  The pleasant weather in Butte County and up […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Brown makes State Water Board appointments

Tam Doduc reappointed for another term; Joaquin Esquivel of La Quinta to join the board From the Office of the Governor: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: Tam Doduc, 50, of Sacramento, has been reappointed to the State Water Resources Control Board, where she has served since 2005. Doduc served in several positions at the California […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Monday afternoon: Progress continues; crews prepare channel for larger flows (with pictures and video)

From the Department of Water Resources: Crews working on widening the channel at the base of the main spillway have made significant progress towards the goal of creating enough space to allow Hyatt Power Plant to operate a full capacity.  As of this morning, approximately 427,000 cubic yards of the estimated 1.7 million cubic yards of debris have been removed.  […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Thursday update: Spillway progress continues; Reoperation of Hyatt Power Plant possible Friday

From the Department of Water Resources: Crews removing a debris pile continue to make rapid progress three days after the Department of Water Resources (DWR) halted flows down the damaged Oroville Dam flood control spillway.  Debris removal at the base of the spillway will help lower the water level in the channel so the Hyatt Power Plant can resume operation.  […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Wednesday update: Progress on spillway; crews continue debris removal (with pictures & video)

From the Department of Water Resources: Crews removing a debris pile, estimated at roughly 1.5 million cubic yards, continue to make progress two days after the Department of Water Resources (DWR) halted flows down the damaged flood control spillway.  Debris removal at the base of the spillway will help lower the water level in the channel, key to reoperation of […]

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THIS JUST IN … Snowpack’s water content remains far above average: 185 percent of the March 1 average

From the Department of Water Resources: The Sierra Nevada snowpack continues to build during one of the wettest winters in California’s recorded history. Today’s manual snow survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada found a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 43.4 inches. February’s Phillips survey found 28.0 inches of SWE, and January’s […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Tuesday update: Work continues at spillway; crews focus on debris removal, restoring power plant function

From the Department of Water Resources: One day after the Department of Water Resources (DWR) halted flows down the damaged flood control spillway, crews continue removing a debris pile estimated at roughly 1 million cubic yards at the base of the spillway.  Debris removal will help lower the water level in the channel that leads to Hyatt Power Plant.  Bringing […]

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THIS JUST IN … Reclamation Announces Initial Water Supply Allocation for the Central Valley Project

From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the initial 2017 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project contractors in the Friant Division, Eastside Division and Municipal & Industrial Water Service Contractors in the American River Division. “The 2017 water year has been an extreme year thus far, with precipitation throughout the Central Valley on track to […]

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