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CA Dept. of Water Resources Raises State Water Project Allocation to 60 Percent

Water Agencies Get 10 Percent Boost in Water Supplies

Sacramento, CA—The California Department of Water Resources announced today that water supplies from the State Water Project have been raised from 50 percent to 60 percent due to increased precipitation during the months of March and April. 

 “It’s good that we have made a little headway in raising delivery allocations for 2012, but California still could be facing a dry year. Water managers throughout the state are hopeful for continued wet conditions so that we can further recover from the very dry winter we’ve had,” said Terry Erlewine, general manager of the State Water Contractors. 

California’s water supply outlook is notoriously tenuous. Even in extremely wet years, deliveries have been limited due to environmental conditions and ongoing litigation over regulatory restrictions. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) has proved to be a highly unreliable pathway for much of the state’s water supply. In an effort to establish a more reliable system that simultaneously supports environmental goals of protecting fish species and providing reliable water supplies, public water agencies have been working with the state and federal governments alongside environmental groups and other stakeholders in a process called the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The BDCP is a comprehensive habitat conservation plan that would ultimately pair reliable conveyance with significant environmental actions in and around the Delta. 

For more information on the state’s water conditions, please visit www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/. For more information on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, please visit http://www.swc.org/issues/delta-disrupted or www.baydeltaconservationplan.com. 

Ann Newton
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