CA WATER COMMISSION: Water storage infrastructure in the 21st century

The nine members of the California Water Commission have been given a task: to decide how to award the $2.7 billion in Prop 1 funds slated for water storage; twelve projects have submitted applications. In order to be better informed prior to making the decision, the Commission has been hearing from panels of experts at its monthly meetings.  In September, […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Overview of Central Valley Project Operations

The Bureau of Reclamation is a federal agency within the Department of the Interior who operates water supply projects throughout the western 17 states, the largest of which is the Central Valley Project.  Jeff Rieker is the Operations Manager for the Central Valley Project.  At the September meeting of the California Water Commission, he gave this presentation providing an overview […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER COMMISSION: The Delta’s history and ecology take center stage

Dr. Bruce Herbold, Robin Grossinger, and Hap Dunning among the panelists on hand to discuss the Delta’s historic ecology, the condition of native fish, the legal framework, and the emerging strategies for restoration of the Delta ecosystem In November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.  Chapter 8 of Proposition 1 […]

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WATER STORAGE INVESTMENT PROGRAM: Updated Frequently Asked Questions now available

Updated Frequently Asked Questions for the Water Storage Investment Program are now available on the Commission’s website. A question and answer regarding the unit value for fall run chinook salmon has been added. The revised Frequently Asked Questions document can be found online here: https://cwc.ca.gov/Documents/2017/WSIP/WSIP_FAQs_Web.pdf Sign up for daily email service and you’ll never miss a post! Sign up for […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER COMMISSION: A primer on State Water Project operations

Presentation discusses the infrastructure and operational challenges of the State Water Project At the June meeting of the California Water Commission, Tracy Petitt-Polhemus, Supervising Engineer with DWR’s SWP Operations Office, gave this presentation.  She provided an overview of the State Water Project facilities, project purposes, key agreements and requirements under which the State Water Project must operate, Delta operations, how […]

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California Water Commission: Ex Parte Communication Policy for Water Storage Investment Program

On June 21, 2017, the Commission adopted an ex parte communications policy, which applies to implementation of the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). The policy is intended to protect the integrity and fairness of the WSIP decision-making process as specified in the Commission’s regulations (Title 23, California Code of Regulations, Sections 6000-6015), and to ensure that all Commissioners may fully […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Updated Water Storage Investment Program Application Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions

From the California Water Commission: Updated Application Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions for the Water Storage Investment Program are now available on the Commission’s website. The Application Instructions and GRanTS application were updated to clarify a question in the Public Benefits Tab (Q.3 under Recreation Benefits) regarding where to attach supporting documentation. Two questions and answers were added to the […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation update

DWR update provides an overview of GSA formation to date and a preview of new tools to aid GSAs in developing their groundwater sustainability plans At the April meeting of the California Water Commission, Trevor Joseph and Steven Springhorn with the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management program gave a high-level overview of how groundwater sustainability agency formation is […]

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SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: Briefing on the Water Available for Replenishment Report

DWR’s Jim Wieking briefs California Water Commission on the report concept and what’s in it; also an update on the Water Storage Investment Program At the March meeting of the California Water Commission, Jim Wieking from the Department of Water Resource’s Division of Statewide Integrated Water Management briefed the Commissioners on the Water Available for Replenishment Report (WAFR). The Department […]

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A review of pending Delta Plan Amendments

Delta Stewardship Council’s Dan Ray briefs the California Water Commission on pending Delta Plan amendments for conveyance, storage, and operations, and investments in Delta levees At the March meeting of the California Water Commission, Dan Ray, Chief Deputy Executive Officer of the Delta Stewardship Council, updated the Commission members on new amendments to the Delta Plan that are currently under […]

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