While working for Commissioner Robert Johnson of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, I often heard him compare the storage capacities of the Colorado River with California. “The Colorado River’s flow “is supposed to be 15 million acre-feet,” he would joke. “The good news is, there is 60 million acre-feet of storage in the Colorado River system, so four times the annual flow.” Always a generous man, he would say, “California’s watershed is comparable to the Colorado River; however, there is only enough storage for less than half the annual runoff.”
Recognizing the importance of the California WaterFix to Southern California’s water reliability, Directors of the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution of support for the proposed project.
More than 25 million Californians rely on water that comes from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and then travels through the Sacramento-San
Joaquin Delta (Delta). This map provides a glimpse into some of the urban communities that depend on this water.
The purpose of the California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review is to provide the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) with an independent scientific evaluation of the methods and approaches for developing the joint Biological Opinion requirements and analyses prepared for the CDFW 2081 (b) Incidental Take Permit (ITP) application for the California WaterFix. The Phase 2A review will focus on the latter.
San Diego County’s reliance on imported water is among the highest in California. Despite previous and planned local investments in desalination and recycling, most of this region’s water will continue to come from distant watersheds for decades to come as far as any water planner today can see. In fact, by 2040 the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) estimates 80 percent of their supply will be imported even with water efficiency savings and increased local supplies. Nearly half of that water will come from Metropolitan Water District which gets its supply from the Colorado River and Sierra Nevada
SACRAMENTO – Last week, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released policy reports focused on water infrastructure and deliveries in California, which highlighted the urgency of securing water deliveries and the Governor’s California WaterFix. The reports were released at their Policy Priorities for California’s Water conference in Sacramento.
Twenty-seven years ago, on Oct. 17, 1989, I was a City Council member going about my normal business in Santa Cruz. I returned home in time for game three of the Giants v A’s World Series. As I settled in, the TV jumped at me. A 6.9 earthquake centered about ten miles away was shaking the region.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has submitted an incidental intake application for California WaterFix to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) in compliance with the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). Consistent with the federal Endangered Species Act process where DWR and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently submitted the California WaterFix biological assessment addressing incidental take of federally-listed species, DWR has submitted this application to DFW in compliance with Section 2081(b) of CESA to address incidental take of state-listed species for the California WaterFix.
Adaptive management is a science-based, flexible approach to resource management decision-making. When correctly designed and executed, adaptive management programs provide the ability to make and implement decisions while simultaneously conducting research to reduce the ecological uncertainty of a decision’s outcome. These characteristics facilitate a management regime that is transparent, collaborative, and responsive to changes in scientific understanding.
A big infrastructure project could help the beleaguered Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem and protect water facilities in the face of rising seas, writes Gerald Meral of the Natural Heritage Institute.