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

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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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California Water Commission: Update on State Water Project operations and issues

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Acting Deputy Director of the State Water Project reports on forced outages, and the status of planned maintenance and upgrades One of the statutory responsibilities of the California Water Commission is to conduct an annual review of the progress of the construction and operation of the State Water Resources Development System and to submit a report on its findings to […]

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Delta Independent Science Board: Water Supply Reliability Panel

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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 … State Water Project allocation increased to 30%

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From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its water delivery estimate (allocation) for most recipients to 30 percent of requests for the calendar year. However, recipients are being warned that extended dry weather could force an allocation reduction. “Today’s increase, although good news, does not mean the drought is ending,” said DWR Director […]

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The 2016 Drought Contingency Plan for CVP & SWP operations

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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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This just in … Initial State Water Project Allocation Set at ­­10 Percent

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From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial 2016 allocation of ­­10 percent for customers of the State Water Project. Depending upon the amount of rain and snow that reaches California this winter, the allocation may be increased or decreased.  If dry conditions continue into a fifth year of drought, DWR may […]

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Environmental documents for the Coordinated Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project presented at Los Banos public meeting

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The draft environmental documents analyze the environmental impacts of the implementation of the biological opinions on state and federal water project operations On Tuesday, September 15, the Bureau of Reclamation held a public meeting in Los Banos, one of the four public meetings held across the state to gather public comment on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the […]

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Weekend reading: DWR Issues Draft 2015 State Water Project Delivery Capability Report

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From the Department of Water Resources: The draft State Water Project Delivery Capability Report 2015 and Appendices have been released. This report updates estimates of the current (2015) and future (2035) State Water Project delivery capability and incorporates regulatory requirements for SWP and CVP operations in accordance with USFWS and NMFS biological opinions. Estimates of future capability also reflect potential impacts […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 2: Water supply reliability and its challenges

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Panelists discuss water operations and supply, climate change, the regulatory environment, water conservation, and water supply economics Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the Delta.  The Delta Challenges Workshop, held in […]

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Kern County Water Agency, Metropolitan, and the State Water Contractors react to slight increase in State Water Project allocation

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Yesterday, the Department of Water Resources announced a slight increase in the State Water Project allocation from 15% to 20%.  Here are the reactions from water agencies, listed in alphabetical order: From the Kern County Water Agency: Today, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that the State Water Project (SWP) water allocation will increase from 15 to 20 […]

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