THIS JUST IN … State Water Project contract extension update: Delta County leaders ask legislators to halt SWP contract extension; Groups submit letter outlining their concerns **UPDATED with State Water Contractors fact sheet**

Earlier today, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational hearing on proposed amendments to the State Water Project contracts.  In advance of the hearing, a coalition of interest groups submitted a letter and supporting memo outlining their concerns in detail, and afterwards, the Delta Counties Coalition issued a statement calling for a halt to the process. […]

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Earthquake Resilience of Southern California’s Water Distribution Systems

All the major water infrastructure bringing in water to Southern California cross the San Andreas fault at least once, sometimes multiple times.  What would happen in the event of an earthquake?  UCLA’s Dr. Jon Stewart (and others) have been conducting research to find out. California is earthquake country, renowned for being one of the most seismically active regions in the […]

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THIS JUST IN … Initial State Water Project Allocation Set at ­­15 Percent

Conservative Allocation Typical of Early Season Forecast From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial water allocation of ­­15 percent for most State Water Project (SWP) contractors for the 2018 calendar year. That allocation will likely change depending on rain and snowfall received this winter. “It’s hard to know what mother nature […]

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STATE WATER PROJECT UPDATE: Oroville spillways construction overview, subsidence along the California Aqueduct; DWR’s GHG reduction plan

The nine-member California Water Commission has been given a number of responsibilities as dictated by the California Water Code; one of those is to conduct an annual review of the State Water Project, and report findings and recommendations to the Legislature.  At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, staff from the State Water Project updated the commissioners with […]

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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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THIS JUST IN … State Water Project Deliveries Increased

State Water Project allocation 100% for North-of-Delta contractors; 85% for other contractors From the Department of Water Resources: With record rainfall in the Northern Sierra and the snowpack still building, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its estimate of this year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply to 100 percent for contractors north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Brown makes State Water Board appointments

Tam Doduc reappointed for another term; Joaquin Esquivel of La Quinta to join the board From the Office of the Governor: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: Tam Doduc, 50, of Sacramento, has been reappointed to the State Water Resources Control Board, where she has served since 2005. Doduc served in several positions at the California […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Monday afternoon: Progress continues; crews prepare channel for larger flows (with pictures and video)

From the Department of Water Resources: Crews working on widening the channel at the base of the main spillway have made significant progress towards the goal of creating enough space to allow Hyatt Power Plant to operate a full capacity.  As of this morning, approximately 427,000 cubic yards of the estimated 1.7 million cubic yards of debris have been removed.  […]

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OROVILLE DAM, Tuesday update: Work continues at spillway; crews focus on debris removal, restoring power plant function

From the Department of Water Resources: One day after the Department of Water Resources (DWR) halted flows down the damaged flood control spillway, crews continue removing a debris pile estimated at roughly 1 million cubic yards at the base of the spillway.  Debris removal will help lower the water level in the channel that leads to Hyatt Power Plant.  Bringing […]

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