Letter: Environmental groups allege environmental documents inadequate on Westlands Water District interim CVP contract renewals

The Planning and Conservation League, Sierra Club, Environmental Water Caucus, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and other environmental organizations have sent a letter to Ms. Rain Emerson of the Bureau of Reclamation, objecting to the Environmental Assessment (EA)  that was prepared  for Westlands Water District’s Central Valley Project interim contract renewals, and requesting that their comments be included in the record.  […]

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Bureau of Reclamation releases progress report on Sites Reservoir

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a progress report on the North of the Delta Offstream Storage (NODOS), otherwise known as Sites Reservoir, which presents the results to date of the feasibility study.  The storage investigation, now in its third phase, is one of four authorized for study in 1996 during the CalFed era. The proposed Sites Reservoir would be […]

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Bureau of Reclamation releases feasibility report for enlarging San Luis Reservoir

From the Bureau of Reclamation: “The Bureau of Reclamation has released a report that details the methods and costs of increasing the storage capacity of San Luis Reservoir, while also addressing seismic risks under B.F. Sisk Dam, which would improve the reliability of water supplied by the Central Valley Project. Reclamation will be taking comments on the report through Friday, […]

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Raising Shasta Dam: Reclamation releases the Draft Environmental Impact Statement; public review period begins

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for raising Shasta Dam, opening up a 90-day public comment and review period.  The draft EIR evaluates five different alternatives that would raise the dam from 6.5 feet to 18.5 feet, enlarging the reservoir by 256,000 to 634,000 acre-feet.  A  no-action alternative is analyzed as well. Reclamation says the project, formally called the Shasta Lake […]

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Consolidated Delta smelt and salmonid cases update: Court grants a one-year extension on biological opinions

The Eastern District Court has granted the request of the water and federal fish agencies to extend the deadline for rewrite of the Delta smelt and salmonid biological opinions by one year in order to implement an adaptive management program.  The extension falls short of the three-year extension that the agencies had been requesting; however, future extensions will be considered […]

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Take of Delta smelt nears limit, triggering cutbacks in Delta water exports

On February 12, 2013, agency officials held a press conference to announce that mandatory restrictions put in place to protect Delta smelt had reduced water deliveries from the Delta by 700,000 acre-feet since November 1, which they say is enough to supply 1.4 million homes for a year or irrigate more than 200,000 acres of farmland. Perhaps most troubling is […]

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Weekend reading: Delta smelt court documents!

I couldn’t let you go home for the weekend without giving you some reading material.  On Wednesday, ACWA’s Water News and the Fresno Bee reported that Judge Wanger’s replacement, U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, has initially has declined a request for a three year extension to rewrite the biological opinions for the Delta smelt and salmon, although he did […]

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Reclamation's Terry Fulp and a new agreement with Mexico that has environmental benefits for the Colorado Delta discussed at Metropolitan's Water Planning and Stewardship Committee meeting

At the November 5th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Stewardship and Planning Committee, Regional Director for Reclamation’s Lower Colorado River Region Terry Fulp addressed the Committee, and Metropolitan staff presented some details on a new multi-faceted agreement with Mexico that includes provisions for sharing both surpluses and shortages on the river, as well as provide for some environmental flows […]

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