Reactions: ACWA, Kern County Water Agency, and the State Water Contractors react to increase in SWP allocation and other drought-related announcements

Yesterday, state officials announced a modest increase in the State Water Project allocation for 2015 to 15%; state and federal officials also held a media call briefing to review their response to the drought last year, the lessons learned, and their plans for responding to conditions in 2015, should drought conditions remain. Here are the responses from water agencies on […]

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This just in … DWR Increases 2015 Allocation to Water Contractors to 15%

From the Department of Water Resources: December storm runoff and close coordination among federal and state agencies to take advantage of it will allow the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase expected water deliveries in 2015 to most customers of the State Water Project (SWP) from 10 percent of their requested amounts to 15 percent.  The new allocation […]

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Metropolitan, Kern County Water Agency, State Water Contractors react to initial State Water Project allocation of 10%

On Monday, officials announced the allocation for the State Water Project would be initially set at 10%; this figure could be increased or decreased, depending on how the season plays out.  Here are the reactions I’ce collected, listed in alphabetical order: From the Kern County Water Agency: Yesterday, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that the State Water […]

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This just in … Initial State Water Project Allocation Set at 10 Percent – May Be Reduced to Meet Critical Health and Safety Needs

  The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial allocation of 10 percent for the customers of the State Water Project.  Depending upon the volume of rain and snow that reaches California this winter that initial allocation may be increased.  Should dry conditions return, DWR may reallocate State Water Project supplies to meet critical human health and safety […]

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Kern County Water Agency, Metropolitan Water District and the State Water Contractors respond to the 5% allocation announcement

From the Kern County Water Agency: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today that it will increase the State Water Project (SWP) water delivery allocation from 0 to 5 percent.  This means that SWP water users in Kern County will now receive 49,137 acre-feet of SWP water in 2014. “Every acre-foot of water is critical to Kern County […]

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This just in … Media call: Federal and state officials announce increased SWP allocations to 5%, water for refuges, barriers in the Delta, and actions being taken to benefit fish

Earlier this afternoon, the Department of Water Resources held a drought update media call.  On the call today, Mark Cowin, Director of the Department of Water Resources; Chuck Bonham, Director of Department of Fish and Wildlife; David Murillo, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Ren Lohefener, US Fish and Wildlife Service; and Maria Rea, NOAA Fisheries. Here’s what they said. Mark Cowin, […]

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This just in … Late storms allow 5% allocation to State Water Project users, means Delta barriers avoided and drought relief actions for fish fast-tracked; Additional action sought on water quality standards

From the Department of Water Resources: Rain and snow from February and March storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water contract allocations for State Water Project (SWP) deliveries from zero to five percent. Precipitation from these recent storms also eliminates the current need for rock barriers to be constructed in the Delta to prevent saltwater […]

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Farm organizations, Feinstein react to announcement of zero allocation

Today, the Bureau of Reclamation announced the initial Central Valley Project allocations, giving no water to North of Delta and South of Delta ag contractors, 50% for CVP M&I contractors, and 40% for wildlife refuges and settlement contractors.  Here are the statements I’ve received or found so far, listed in alphabetical order.  More will be added as they are received: […]

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Reclamation announces initial 2014 Central Valley Project Water Supply Allocation: 0% for North of Delta, South of Delta ag; 50% for M&I

From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the initial 2014 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors, municipal and industrial contractors and federal refuges. The California Department of Water Resources reports that snowpack and precipitation in the Sierra Nevada are historically low and the snow-water content statewide stands at 29 percent of average for […]

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Reclamation notifies San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Authority that they will only receive 40% of their entitlement, far below their contractual 75% critical year entitlement

The Bureau of Reclamation has notified the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Authority (Exchange Contractors) that due to the exceptionally dry conditions, the Exchange Contractors will only be receiving 40% (or 336,000 acre-feet) this year, far below their 75% (or 650,000 acre-feet) critical year entitlement that is specified in their contracts. The San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Authority serves approximately […]

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