About the Project
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For WY 2013, California has experienced historically low precipitation, resulting in minimal reservoir inflows and low water allocations, challenges managing Delta salinity, and early increases in reservoir releases, which could lead to low carryover storage into WY 2014.
In an effort to proactively address potential dry conditions into WY 2014, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region held a series of meetings in June and July 2013 with Central Valley Project water contractors, CVP power customers, Tribes, non-governmental organizations, other federal agencies, and State of California agencies to discuss the status of WY 2013 and potential water management strategies for WY 2014. Customers and stakeholders were asked to provide ideas and suggestions for Reclamation’s consideration in developing strategies to be finalized by October 1, 2013, in support of WY 2014.
Following the individual meetings and receipt of the interested parties’ input, Reclamation developed a list of the suggested strategies and began holding group meetings, which gathered together individuals representing interests throughout the CVP. The goal of the meetings was to raise awareness about potential future conditions, facilitate open communication, and brainstorm water management considerations in the event conditions stay dry into WY 2014.
Due to the large number of actions and strategies included on the list, the short amount of time remaining in WY 2013, and limited resources, Reclamation is unable to address each idea prior to the beginning of WY 2014. Although Reclamation has not committed to carry any particular action forward, the list of potential strategies will be aimed at minimizing negative impacts to affected CVP customers and stakeholders associated with a potential dry 2014 water year.
For additional information or assistance, please contact:
Chief of Staff
November 4, 2013