“A federal leader last week mentioned a study to raise San Luis Dam and expand the nearly empty San Luis Reservoir in western Merced County, raising eyebrows all around. Why study expansion of a reservoir holding 16% of its capacity? … So why look at expanding San Luis Reservoir now?
“Half of the answer: It’s part of the ongoing efforts under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, a 1992 environmental reform law that includes a section to improve water supply.
From the KMTG [Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard] Natural Resources Blog:
“On August 13, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting the Bureau of Reclamation from releasing into the Trinity River up to 109,000 acre-feet of water from storage in the federal Central Valley Project’s (CVP) Trinity and Lewiston reservoirs between August 13 and Sept.
From the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region July 15:
“Due to better than expected hydrologic conditions through the latter part of June and first 12 days of July, the Bureau of Reclamation has determined that it will further increase the Central Valley Project’s Friant Division water supply allocation.
“In consultation with Friant Division contractors, the Friant Division Class 1 water supply allocation is being increased from 55 percent to 62 percent. On June 13, Reclamation announced an increase from 50 percent to 55 percent. Class 2 water remains at 0 percent.
From the KMTG Natural Resources Blog, the latest news and information from the natural resources practice group at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard:
“On July 1, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion rejecting assertions by Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA) that California area of origin law entitled its member districts to priority deliveries of Central Valley Project (CVP) water and that the Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) acted in violation of law by delivering less than 100% of contract amounts during contractual ‘Conditions of Shortage.’ With the opi
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The Bureau of Reclamation has partially restored the Central Valley Project Friant Division’s water allocation for the second time this month.On Thursday federal officials cited ‘better than expected hydrologic conditions’ so far in June as the reason for increasing Friant Division’s Class 1 water supply allocation from 50% to 55%.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“Disabled and disadvantaged youth will enjoy a day of outdoor adventure June 15 in the first “Catch a Special Thrill” (C.A.S.T.) fishing event held in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. … In California, C.A.S.T. events are regularly held at DWR’s State Water Project reservoirs as well as at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project reservoirs.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies:
The Bureau of Reclamation announced June 5 that after reviewing “better than expected” recent runoff data from the California Department of Water Resources and the National Weather Service, federal officials planned to partially restore some of Friant Division Water Service Contractors water allocation from the Central Valley Project.