“Following a two day hearing, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on August 22, 2013, lifted a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting excess releases of stored water into the Trinity River from the Central Valley Project’s Trinity River Division.
“Customers of San Juan Water District in are being asked to reduce their water use 5 to 10 percent due to concerns that Folsom Lake may not be able to serve normal demand. … The district serves Granite Bay and portions of Roseville, Folsom and Orangevale.”
“A federal leader last week mentioned a study to raise San Luis Dam and expand the nearly empty San Luis Reservoir in western Merced County, raising eyebrows all around. Why study expansion of a reservoir holding 16% of its capacity? … So why look at expanding San Luis Reservoir now?
“Half of the answer: It’s part of the ongoing efforts under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, a 1992 environmental reform law that includes a section to improve water supply.
From the KMTG [Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard] Natural Resources Blog:
“On August 13, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting the Bureau of Reclamation from releasing into the Trinity River up to 109,000 acre-feet of water from storage in the federal Central Valley Project’s (CVP) Trinity and Lewiston reservoirs between August 13 and Sept.
From the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region July 15:
“Due to better than expected hydrologic conditions through the latter part of June and first 12 days of July, the Bureau of Reclamation has determined that it will further increase the Central Valley Project’s Friant Division water supply allocation.
“In consultation with Friant Division contractors, the Friant Division Class 1 water supply allocation is being increased from 55 percent to 62 percent. On June 13, Reclamation announced an increase from 50 percent to 55 percent. Class 2 water remains at 0 percent.
From the KMTG Natural Resources Blog, the latest news and information from the natural resources practice group at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard:
“On July 1, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion rejecting assertions by Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA) that California area of origin law entitled its member districts to priority deliveries of Central Valley Project (CVP) water and that the Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) acted in violation of law by delivering less than 100% of contract amounts during contractual ‘Conditions of Shortage.’ With the opi