METROPOLITAN WATER PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: Coordinated Operations Agreement for the SWP/CVP, Voluntary settlement agreements

At the January meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa updated the Committee with details on the Voluntary Settlement Agreement that was proposed to the State Water Board, the renegotiated Coordinated Operations Agreement (COA) for the State Water Project (SWP) and the Central Valley Project (CVP), and the status of the […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Climate change effects on the State Water Project and Central Valley Project

The latest climate change assessments show reduced Delta exports and carryover storage due to climate change likely by mid-century In the latter half of 2018, both the federal and state governments released new climate change assessments that outline the projected course of climate change and its potential effects on water resources.  Both federal and state assessments include chapters on water […]

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STATE WATER PROJECT CONTRACT EXTENSTION: DWR Approves Water Supply Contract Extension Project

From the Department of Water Resources: The Director of the Department of Water Resources on December 11, 2018 approved the Water Supply Contract Extension Project. In accordance with CEQA, DWR also filed its Notice of Determination for the Project with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. In addition, the Director signed the Contract Extension Amendment with The Metropolitan Water […]

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Metropolitan’s Groundwater Banking Programs

Presentation looks at the benefits, challenges, and risks of Metropolitan’s groundwater banking programs Beginning in the early 1990s, Metropolitan Water District established a number of groundwater storage programs in the Central Valley and on the State Water Project which have provided substantial water supply benefits through the years.  At the August meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning & Stewardship Committee, James […]

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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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CA WATER COMMISSION: Article 21 water, explained

Some of the new water storage projects plan to use Article 21 water in part to fill their projects.  What is Article 21 water and how often is it available? The nine members of the California Water Commission have been tasked with deciding how to award the $2.7 billion in Prop 1 funds slated to pay for the public benefits […]

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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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