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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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 Trump’s rollback of the clean water rule

Yesterday, President Trump issued an order directing his administration to begin the long process of rolling back sweeping clean water rules enacted by the Obama Administration.  Here are the reactions I have found so far, listed in alphabetical order: From the California Farm Bureau Federation: Welcoming President Trump’s executive order for review of a disputed Clean Water Act rule, the […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: The effects of water project operations on juvenile salmon survival in the Delta

Literature, data review, and recommendations for future salmonid investigations Survival for migrating juvenile chinook salmon has been low for those on the San Joaquin River, averaging approximately 5% since 2002.  Survival is more variable for Sacramento River chinook salmon, and survival data are limited for steelhead.  While water export operations contribute to salmonid mortality by way of direct mortality at […]

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THIS JUST IN … Bureau of Reclamation Outlines Water Year 2017 Central Valley Project Water Supply Conditions

From the Bureau of Reclamation: In preparation for the initial 2017 water supply allocation announcement, the Bureau of Reclamation is providing an update on water supply conditions for the federal Central Valley Project (CVP). The water year (WY) runs from October 1 to September 30; the contract year for most CVP contractors runs from March 1 to February 28. The […]

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THIS JUST IN … Central Valley Project begins water year 2017 with 4.9 million acre-feet of storage

From the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project (CVP) began water year 2017, which runs from Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017, with 4.9 million acre-feet of water in six key CVP reservoirs (Shasta, Trinity, Folsom, New Melones and Millerton reservoirs and the federal share of the joint federal/state San Luis Reservoir). This […]

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Panel discussion: The state of the state’s water system

Panel members review the year’s hydrology, discuss ongoing state initiatives At last month’s ACWA conference, a panel of agency officials discussed current hydrology and some of the factors driving state and federal decision making on the operation of State Water Project and Central Valley Project, as well as touched on ongoing initiatives related to the future of the state’s water […]

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Delta Independent Science Board: Water Supply Reliability Panel

A look at the operations of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project ‘Water supply reliability’: It’s a term you hear quite often, but it can be hard to pin down what exactly people mean when they say it, as the term seems to mean different things to different people.  At the February meeting of the Delta Independent […]

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This just in … Bureau of Reclamation Outlines Water Year 2016 Central Valley Project Water Supply Conditions

From the Bureau of Reclamation: In preparation for the initial 2016 water supply allocation announcement later this winter, the Bureau of Reclamation is providing an update on water supply conditions for the federal Central Valley Project (CVP). The water year (WY) runs from October 1 to September 30; the contract year for most CVP contractors runs from March 1 to […]

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The 2016 Drought Contingency Plan for CVP & SWP operations

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board has posted the February through October 2016 Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) submitted by the California Department of Water Resources and United States Bureau of Reclamation to the State Water Board Executive Director in compliance with the December 15, 2015 State Water Board Order pertaining to changed requirements […]

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