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Women Leading in Water, Colorado River Drought and Promising Solutions — Western Water Year in Review

Dear Western Water readers:

Women named in the last year to water leadership roles (clockwise, from top left): Karla Nemeth, director, California Department of Water Resources; Gloria Gray,  chair, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Brenda Burman, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner; Jayne Harkins,  commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. and Mexico; Amy Haas, executive director, Upper Colorado River Commission.The growing leadership of women in water. The Colorado River’s persistent drought and efforts to sign off on a plan to avert worse shortfalls of water from the river. And in California’s Central Valley, promising solutions to vexing water resource challenges.

These were among the topics that Western Water news explored in 2018.

We’re already planning a full slate of stories for 2019. You can sign up here to be alerted when new stories are published. In the meantime, take a look at what we dove into in 2018:

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation, State of California Announce Negotiations with Cross Valley Contractors for Conveyance Service

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have scheduled a negotiation session with seven Cross Valley Contractors on long-term conveyance contracts for the delivery of federal Central Valley Project water conveyed through state-owned facilities.

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Auxiliary Dam Topped at Folsom

From Capital Public Radio:

Even in a drought, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is getting ready for the next flood threat on the American river.

Construction workers poured the last bit of concrete to top off the Auxiliary Dam at Folsom Lake this morning [July 11].

Read more, or listen to the story


Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Public Open House Scheduled on Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2015

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public Open House on Thursday, July 31, 2014, to present and solicit comments on the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Drought Imperils a Dream

From the Los Angeles Times:

For the first time in the more than half a century that the federal government had been diverting Sierra Nevada water to farmers, there would be no deliveries to most Central Valley irrigation districts. In the third year of drought, there wasn’t enough water to go around.

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Aquafornia news Eugene Register-Guard

Rolling through Oregon [Folsom Dam gate photo]

From the Eugene Register-Guard:

Gresham Transfer is driving a total of 10 gates through Oregon to the Folsom dam, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento.

Read more, and view the image


Aquafornia news Eugene Register-Guard

Folsom Dam Gate to Delay I-5 Traffic Tonight, ODOT Says

From the Eugene Register-Guard:

Late-hour motorists on Interstate 5 should expect long delays between Cottage Grove and Sutherlin tonight while an oversize load carrying a massive [Folsom] dam gate is transported through the area, the state Department of Transportation said Tuesday. …
Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting on Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study July 18 in Folsom

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a meeting to update the public on the current status of the ongoing Cost Allocation Study for the Central Valley Project. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss the methodology on calculating the economic benefits for irrigation and municipal and industrial water supply.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: Romero Visitors Center Reopens

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Located next to San Luis Reservoir along Highway 152 in Merced County, the [Romero Visitors] center features exhibits of the area’s history, dam construction and State Water Project construction and operations.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Federal Court Rejects Bid to Stop Flow from Friant Dam

From The Fresno Bee:

“The U.S. District Court in Fresno Tuesday refused to stop Millerton Lake water from being sent to wildlife refuges and farmers with historic rights on the Valley’s west side.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

East Valley Farmers Sue to Stop Millerton Lake Water Release

From The Fresno Bee:

“East San Joaquin Valley farmers, facing a zero water allocation this summer, are asking a judge to stop unprecedented water releases that started last week at Millerton Lake.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi

Blog: 40% Losses Expected in Friant Dam Water Releases

From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:

“Curious about the water flowing out of Friant Dam into the San Joaquin River during this intense drought? The news about it continues to evolve.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley Water Users Irked By Feds’ Use of Millerton Lake for West-side Farms

From The Fresno Bee:

“Farmers, water district officials and city leaders expressed frustration Thursday over the decision by federal managers to tap water from Friant Dam to meet a long-standing obligation with west-side landowners.”

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Aquafornia news

Make Plans to Attend Free Briefing June 4 — ‘Drought 2014: The Challenge of Water Project Operations’

2014 is one of California’s driest years on record, creating challenging hydrologic conditions for operations of the state and federal projects that move water across the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and to much of California.

Attend this free briefing on Wednesday, June 4, at the Sacramento Convention Center and learn about water project challenges.

“The Challenges of the 2014 Drought: Water Project Operations,” is sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Water Education Foundation.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The present drought i
Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation Makes Historic Releases of Water from Friant Dam to San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Due to Drought

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Friant Dam near Fresno into the San Joaquin River on Thursday to help meet contractual obligations to deliver Central Valley Project water to the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.”

Read more from the news release


Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Millerton Lake to Be Tapped for Northern San Joaquin Valley Users, Officials Say

From The Fresno Bee:

“For the first time ever, federal water managers will tap San Joaquin River water to meet contractual obligations to west side landowners, officials announced Tuesday.”

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Aquafornia news Eugene [Oregon] Register-Guard

Oversized Load for Folsom Dam to Pass Through on I-5

From the Eugene [Oregon] Register-Guard:

“An oversized load carrying two gates for a California hydro dam will pass through Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday nights on interstates 205 and 5 — and take a breather at a rest stop north of Eugene.”

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Aquafornia news NPR

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Fields and Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

From NPR:

“As droughts have worsened in recent years, federal authorities have released less and less water from a web of reservoirs and canals in northern California that feeds farms and cities in the arid south. For the first time in six decades, most farmers on the east side of this valley have been told they will get no federal irrigation water.”

Read more from NPR, or listen to the story


Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Water Supply Outlook Improves; Delta Channel Barriers Canceled

From The Sacramento Bee:

“A wet March is yielding benefits for California’s water supply, as state and federal officials announced Friday that deliveries to some of their contractors will be increased.”

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Feather River Farmers Receive Full Water Supply, and Plan Water Transfers

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“After months of waiting, farmers with strong water rights along the Feather River received news that 100 percent of their contracted amount of water will be delivered. … Just a few weeks ago, these same irrigation districts were told they would only receive half of their water.”

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