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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CA WEATHER BLOG: Break in storms comes to end; Northern California closes in on record wet season

Substantial late-season storminess to return; Central Valley thunderstorms likely From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: 2016-2017 turned out to be quite the winter across California (especially in the northern half of the state). A relentless series of storms–driven by persistent troughing and an associated active jet stream along the West Coast–brought numerous atmospheric rivers and associated heavy precipitation […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Saturday update: 5 units at Hyatt Power Plant now running; work continues on debris pile (with pictures and video)

From the Department of Water Resources: The flood control spillway flows remain at 0 cubic feet per second (cfs). Inflows are approximately 12,000 to 18,000 cfs which has resulted in the lake rising from 860.1 to 860.5 feet elevation in the last 24 hours.  Five units at the Hyatt Power Plant are currently running, allowing for a total outflow of […]

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WATER CONDITIONS: Water supply forecast for March 1st

Record runoff predicted for the spring From the Department of Water Resources: The March 1, 2017 Water Supply Index (WSI) and Bulletin 120 (B120) forecasts are finished. The forecasts include observed conditions through the end of February. The forecasts are posted at: WSI:       http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/iodir/wsi B120:     http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/iodir?s=b120 Forecast Summary: The projected median April-July (AJ) runoff in the major Sierra river basins […]

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