California Water Commission begins public meetings on Water Storage Investment Program this week

Meetings to be held in Chico, Fresno, and Pleasant Hill Last fall, voters approved Prop 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds to fund various water and ecosystem projects, including $2.7 billion for investments in the public benefits of water storage projects. Through the Water Storage Investment Program, […]

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California Water Commission: A progress report on DWR’s System Reoperation Study

At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, Ajay Goyal, Chief of the Department of Water Resources Surface Storage Investigations branch, briefed Commission members on the status of the Department’s System Reoperation Study. The study, mandated by SB X2 1 in 2008, seeks to identify potential strategies for the reoperation of statewide flood protection and water supply systems that […]

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California Water Plan, Update 2013: The California Water Commission receives a preview of the soon-to-be-released plan

At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, commission members heard an update on the soon-to-be-released update of the California Water Plan, the state’s long-term strategic plan for guiding the management and development of water resources. The California Water Plan describes current water resource conditions, identifies potential future conditions and the factors driving those changes, recognizes the challenges and […]

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California Water Commission hears an update on DWR’s activities to address the drought

At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, Department of Water Resources Drought Manager Bill Croyle updated the Commission members on the actions DWR has been taking to address the drought conditions across the state. He said he had just come from a briefing at the Department of General Services Partnership Council, and the mood was sober and quiet. […]

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Director Chuck Bonham on the response of the Department of Fish and Wildlife to the exceptional drought conditions

At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, Chuck Bonham, Director of the Calfiornia Department of Fish and Wildlife, updated Commission members on the activities of his Department.  In his presentation, he spoke candidly about the difficult choices that the exceptional drought has demanded he and the Department make. “My name is Chuck Bonham, and I have the greatest […]

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Dr. Peter Gleick on The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply

In June, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Pacific Institute released a study that examined the potential water supply that can be gained from urban and agricultural water use efficiency, water reuse, and stormwater capture.  The report, The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply​, concludes that 10.8 to 13.7 million acre-feet of water per year could be provided though […]

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The importance of upper watershed management to California’s water supply

With much of the state’s water supply originating in the mountains as precipitation on the forested landscape, the health and management of the upper watersheds are critically important to California’s water quality and water supply. At the August meeting of the California Water Commission, George Gentry with the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, and Dr. Martha Conklin and […]

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California Water Commission hears an update on the key activities of the State Water Project

At the August 20th meeting of the California Water Commission, Deputy Director of the State Water Project Carl Torgersen updated the Commission on the some of the key activities of the SWP, including drought operations, administrative issues, and the status of several construction projects. Note: This is part one of three-part coverage from the California Water Commission coming up this […]

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California Water Commission part 4: Briefing on Water Storage Integration and Delta Vision Foundation Policy Paper​

At the July 16th meeting of the California Water Commission, Charles Gardiner from the Delta Vision Foundation gave a briefing on an upcoming water storage integration and Delta Vision Foundation policy paper.  He began by saying he would give some background on the work they’ve been doing over the last six months, and after which Marguerite Patil with the Contra […]

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California Water Commission, part 3: An update on Sites Reservoir

At the July 16 meeting of the California Water Commission, Jim Weiking from the Department of Water Resources and Thad Bettner with the Glenn Colusa Irrigation District gave a presentation on the North of Delta Offstream Storage Project (NODOS), otherwise known as Sites Reservoir.  Their presentation included a detailed discussion on how Sites would add flexibility to the state’s water […]

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