REACTIONS to the release of the biological opinions for the California Water Fix project

Yesterday, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service issued their biological opinions for the California Water Fix, finding that the Delta tunnels project would not jeopardize listed species. Here is what agencies and stakeholders had to say, listed in alphabetical order: From the Association of California Water Agencies: Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Executive […]

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THIS JUST IN … Bill Croyle, DWR Acting Director, Retires

From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources Acting Director William R. Croyle today announced his retirement, effective July 1, 2017. Croyle put his original retirement plans on hold in January 2017 when he was asked by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. to serve as Acting Director of the department. Cindy Messer, DWR Chief Deputy Director, […]

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Reaction to the State’s resiliency strategy for Sacramento Valley salmon and steelhead

State Resiliency Strategies Show Significant Promise to Improve Conditions for Fish in California Innovative and Comprehensive Approach Seeks to Improve Co-Equal Goals in Delta From the Metropolitan Water District, Northern California Water Association, Westlands Water District, and the San Joaquin Tributaries Association: The California Natural Resources Agency today issued a progress report on its Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy (Resiliency Strategy). […]

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Fish Restoration Program Update: Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project, Real estate acquisition, Regional salinity monitoring, and Restoration RFP

From the Department of Water Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fish Restoration Program (FRP) addresses specific habitat restoration requirements of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) biological opinions (Biological Opinions) for State Water Project (SWP) […]

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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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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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REACTIONS to Governor Brown’s lifting of the drought emergency and release of the final framework report on long-term conservation measures

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown lifted the drought emergency declaration for most of the state and state agencies released a final framework report for establishing long-term water conservation measures to meet the directive to make conservation a California way of life. Here are the responses from multiple agencies and organizations, listed in alphabetical order: From the Association of California Water Agencies […]

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CALIFORNIA WEATHER BLOG: Unusually strong April storm to bring high-impact weather to much of California

Atmospheric river to bring heavy rain and mountain snow to NorCal, thunderstorms to the Central Valley From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: After a record wet winter across much Northern California (and a less impressive but still above average winter in Southern California), March was a relatively dry month across most of the state. This was especially true […]

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REACTIONS: Westlands, farm organizations react to Central Valley Project allocation of 65% to south-of-Delta ag

Yesterday, the Bureau of Reclamation released its long awaited Central Valley Project allocation for the upcoming growing season.  Generally speaking, all contractors are receiving full supplies with the exception of south-of-Delta M&I who will receive 90% and south-of-Delta agricultural contractors, who will receive 65%. With reservoirs brimming and rivers running high with record precipitation, many question why not full supplies.  […]

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MEDIA CALL: Bureau of Reclamation explains why the CVP allocation for south of Delta ag is only 65%

Reclamation officials say carryover storage is to blame, not endangered species regulations Earlier today, the Bureau of Reclamation issued an updated water allocation for the Central Valley Project.  Most are receiving full supplies, with the exception of south of Delta M&I, who are getting 90%, and south of Delta agriculture, whose allocation is only 65%.  This afternoon, the Bureau of […]

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