Brown administration cancels state Senate hearings on Oroville, WaterFix

The Brown administration has requested the cancellation of two hearings by the state Senate since the Oroville spillway crisis began.  The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee scheduled a  joint hearing with the  Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management on "The Incident at Oroville Dam: What Happened and What Happens Next"  on February 28, 2017. … Continue reading Brown administration cancels state Senate hearings on Oroville, WaterFix

Enviro groups warned of possible loss of crest control at Oroville auxiliary spillway in 2005

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has issued an evacuation order downstream of Oroville dam. According to an alert by KRCTV.com, A hazardous situation has developed with the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway. Officials say that operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a fa Failure of the … Continue reading Enviro groups warned of possible loss of crest control at Oroville auxiliary spillway in 2005

MWD’s Delta Islands Water Transfers

Bouldin Island, shown on the right, has been fallowed for dry year water transfers  (UC Davis) Since Metropolitan Water District announced the purchase of five Delta islands, there has been a lot of speculation about the reasons for the purchase.     Jeff Kightlinger, the CEO of Metropolitan, published an op ed in the San Jose … Continue reading MWD’s Delta Islands Water Transfers

Controversy erupts over Santa Clara Water District’s groundwater charges

 A controversy erupted this week over Santa Clara Valley Water District's Fiscal Year 2017 forecast of residential and municipal (M&I) groundwater charges. On April 19, Restore the Delta strongly criticized the District for including the WaterFix / Delta tunnels costs in the projected charges, and questioned the District's forecasts of impacts on cities and residential … Continue reading Controversy erupts over Santa Clara Water District’s groundwater charges

Analysis: in drought, more Delta exports go to urban use

 Governor Jerry Brown announced an executive order on April 1 mandating 25% statewide urban water conservation. This action is essential to conserve water in reservoirs to get through an extended drought. It might even help maintain minimum instream flows in rivers and estuaries so that endangered fish populations have a chance of surviving the drought. … Continue reading Analysis: in drought, more Delta exports go to urban use

2015 SWP and CVP Delta exports and allocations

2015 Allocations by the State Water Project On March 2, 2015, the Department of Water Resources announced allocations of 20% for State Water Project contractors, for a total of about 811,000 acre feet of Delta exports. SWP 2015 Allocations South Bay44,524San Joaquin Valley226,711Central Coast14,097Southern California525,909Total811,241  The South Bay, Central Coast, and Southern California allocations are to … Continue reading 2015 SWP and CVP Delta exports and allocations

Update: Bay Delta Conservation Plan & Climate Change

In August, 2012, California Water Research released a report, Incorporating Drought Risk Into California Water Resources Planning.  Since that time we have been waging a quiet campaign for the Department of Water Resources to recognize that their climate modelling for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has significant limitations and inconsistencies. The report says that, if the projections … Continue reading Update: Bay Delta Conservation Plan & Climate Change