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DWR California Water Plan eNews Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

DWR’s latest Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Disadvantaged Community – Environmental Justice Caucus (DAC/EJ) meeting announced
  • Update 2013 highlights workshop announced
  • USGS documents land subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley
  • Sacramento River Regional Forum next month in Redding
  • 2014 DWR grant funding for desalination announced
  • EPA report assesses California’s watersheds
Aquafornia news Thomson-Reuters

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California Water Woes Hit Hard in Driest Year on Record

From Thomson-Reuters:

“To nurture his acres of pistachio trees, Tom Coleman has long relied on water from California’s mountain-ringed reservoirs, fed by Sierra streams and water pumped from the massive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

But the driest year on record has left the reservoirs so depleted – and the delta so fragile – that state water officials say they may be able to provide just 5 percent of the water he and others were expecting for next year.”

Aquafornia news KMTG [Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard] Natural Resources Blog

Blog: Department of Water Resources Announces 5% Initial Allocation for 2014

From the KMTG [Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard] Natural Resources Blog:

“California’s Department of Water Resources announced yesterday [Nov. 19] an initial 5% allocation of requested deliveries of Table A water to State Water Project contractors for 2014. …

“Low storage levels in the state’s major reservoirs are largely responsible for the low initial SWP allocation. Lake Oroville in Butte County is at 41 percent of capacity (66 percent of its historical average for the date). Lake Shasta north of Redding is at 37 percent of capacity (61 percent of average).

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: ‘Dire’ Prediction for State Water Allocation

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“As the first significant rain of the season fell on Northern California Wednesday, the state Department of Water Resources issued an ominous water supply estimate that makes it clear that much more precipitation is needed this winter.

“In its annual water allocation estimate, usually issued around Dec.

Aquafornia news Bakersfield Now

McCarthy, Fuller and Vidak Decry Low Water Allocation Figure

From Bakersfield Now:

“The state Department of Water Resources gave a bleak outlook for water delivery this year. The agency said it can only deliver 5 percent of requested water to State Water Project contractors in 2014. …

“Several local politicians quickly responded Wednesday to the low figure announced by the Department of Water Resources.”

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Water Project May Deliver Only 5 Percent to State Contractors This Year

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“The Department of Water Resources Wednesday announced an initial allocation of 5 percent of requested deliveries to State Water Project contractors in calendar year 2014, a DWR press release states.

“The initial allocation is a conservative estimate of what DWR expects it can deliver, because it is made before the wettest period of the year.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California’s Water Demand May Far Exceed Supply in 2014

From Capital Public Radio:

“Californians may have to be more cautious with their water use in the coming year. Initial projections indicate there won’t be much to go around.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

The 5 Percent Solution

From the Stockton Record:

“State officials announced this morning [Nov. 20] that cities from the Bay Area to Southern California next year may receive just 5 percent of the water they request from the Delta. …

“Stockton and San Joaquin County do not receive water from the state and are not directly affected by this morning’s announcement.

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Blog: Cuts Get Deeper and Deeper for Water Agencies

From the Alex Breitler Environment blog, the Stockton Record:

“State water officials today [Nov. 20] announced a mere 5 percent initial allocation next year for cities from the Bay Area to San Diego, and some south San Joaquin Valley farms. … But how often do State Water Project customers actually get a full allocation?
Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Workshop will cover elements to be included in the Water Plan highlights
  • California Water Commission taking comments on draft documents for measuring water project benefits
  • President Obama announces partnership to assist with drought preparation
  • Federal toolbox offers help in building sustainable water management partnerships
  • EPA report weighs the importance of water to the nation’s economy
Aquafornia news State Water Contractors (SWC)

News Release: State’s Initial Projection Shows Only 5% of State Water Project Water Available for Californians

From the State Water Contractors (SWC):

“On the heels of a very dry year, the California Department of Water Resources announced today that California’s water agencies, those that get water from the State Water Project (SWP), should initially expect only five percent of SWP water supplies. Only one other time in the history of the SWP has the initial allocation been such a small percentage. …

“’We lost an opportunity earlier this year to capture a significant amount of water due to our outdated water system,’ said Terry Erlewine, General Manager of the State Water Contractors.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

News Release: California Department of Water Resources Announces Initial Water Supply Estimate for 2014

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [Nov. 20] announced an initial allocation of five percent of requested deliveries to State Water Project (SWP) contractors in calendar year 2014.
Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Flood future report outlines recommendations for managing California’s risks
  • CWC agenda will include a look at the Water Plan’s public review draft
  • Desalination PSP being prepared for up to $8.7 million in funding
  • Forest service dialog series will look at wildland fire issues
  • New state criteria will help cities and counties with flood management plans
  • Workshop will look at water problem similarities between California an
Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: New CIMIS Trailer

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“With the new California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) trailer in West Sacramento, DWR employees now have a better station for repairing sensors used to gather information for California’s agricultural lands, golf courses and other landscapes.

“CIMIS was created in 1982 by the California Department of Water Resources and the University of California at Davis to provide reference evapotranspiration (ETo) estimates to irrigators.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Public draft of California Water Action Plan is posted and ready for comments
  • President issues executive order to prepare nation for the effects of climate change
  • Tulare forum offers wide-ranging look at groundwater issues
  • New agenda posted for this month’s CARCD meeting and conference
  • USACE module explains collaborative water resources modeling
  • Second phase completed in development of ag land stewardship strategies
Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Underscores Risk, Promotes Awareness During Flood Preparedness Week

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“California’s vulnerability to flooding creates significant risk to public safety, the environment and the economy. During California Flood Preparedness Week (CFPW), Nov. 4-9, the Department of Water Resources and state, federal and local partners aim to educate Californians about flood risk in their communities and ways to prepare for flooding.

To kick off this week-long educational effort, California was today inducted into the Silver Jackets program at a letter signing ceremony in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: A Smoother Path for Fish Passage

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“To improve fish passage for migrating Chinook salmon and steelhead, the Caprini Low-water Crossing Fish Passage Improvement Project on Mormon Slough near Stockton was completed in October.”

Read more from DWR’s Spotlight, and view the photos

 

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Comments on the first volume of the Water Plan due in less than three weeks
  • Webinar will look at ways to bridge gaps and generate water and energy savings
  • SGC considering final guidelines for sustainable community planning grants
  • FloodSAFE Focus newsletter provides details on levee repairs, floodplain maps
  • Dozens of authors offer ideas for investing in natural infrastructure
Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: Ensuring a Reliable Water Supply for Southern California

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“A portion of the State Water Project’s (SWP) West Branch, in northern Los Angeles County, has been improved to repair channel lining deterioration.

“Designed by DWR’s Division of Engineering, the three-month Gorman Creek Improvement Channel (GCIC) project completed in October replaced the concrete lining section along the bypass channel, allowing the waterway to serve as backup system for Peace Valley Pipeline.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s [Oct.

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