The Challenges of the 2015 Drought: Water Project Operations
March 19 Briefing Cosponsored by California Department of Water Resources and Water Education Foundation
In cooperation with Center for Irrigation Technology at Fresno State
Water year 2015 follows the record-dry three-year period of 2012-2014. Last year’s severely dry hydrology resulted in water allocation cutbacks to State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project contractors. As we approach the end of 2015’s rainy season hydrologic conditions are better than last year, but drought impacts remain.
At this free one-day briefing, participants learned how current hydrologic conditions are affecting water project operations and conditions in the Delta and the actions being taken in response to balance impacts to cities, farms, and the environment.
Topics addressed included:
- Hydrologic conditions in context
- Water project hydrologic and operational constraints
- CVP and SWP Drought Contingency Plan
- Expected operational conditions this summer
- Overview of groundwater conditions
The event was held March 19 at the Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191) at the University Business Center on the Fresno State Campus.