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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OROVILLE DAM, Wednesday evening: DWR to continue work on debris pile in diversion pool (with pictures and video)

From the Department of Water Resources: Over the past week, the Feather River watershed has experienced cool and dry weather.  These weather conditions have allowed the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) Oroville Emergency Response team to make tremendous progress removing approximately 650,000 cubic yards of debris from the Diversion Pool channel.  The lake level will likely reach 860 feet later […]

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State Water Board adopts climate change resolution

Action focuses board on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience to climate change impacts From the State Water Resources Control Board: Today the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a resolution requiring a proactive approach to climate change in all Board actions, including drinking water regulation, water quality protection, and financial assistance. “Today’s Board action is part of California’s […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Saturday update: Hyatt Power Plant temporarily shut down to increase future flows (With pictures and video)

From the Department of Water Resources: After a successful restart of the Hyatt Power Plant on Friday, a temporary shutdown began around 10 am today so that the water channel can be deepened for the plant to reach its full capacity.  The shutdown is expected to last approximately 1-2 days.  The reoperation of the power plant gives the Department of […]

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