Released On: January 23, 2004
Reclamation traditionally expresses the monthly outlook as a percentage (see summary table) of the contract total for each of the contract categories. Allocations are also compared to the recent historic 5-year average of the final forecasts.
Decisions on the allocations are made based on the following:
Meeting Water Rights Decision D-1641 standards set by the State Water Resources Control Board
Meeting water supply and water rights contracts and agreements
Satisfying Endangered Species Act requirements
Implementing Section 3406(b)(2) of the CVPIA
Implementing the CALFED Record of Decision
Implementing the Trinity River Mainstem Restoration Record of Decision as modified by recent court decisions.
Joint Points of Diversion and increased integration with SWP operations.
Factors and conditions that will influence the allocations as the year progresses include:
Changes to hydrology
Opportunities to exercise operational flexibility of the project.
Reclamation is looking at actions in cooperation with other State and Federal agencies within the CALFED Bay-Delta Program to improve south-of-the-Delta allocations. Reclamation intends to focus efforts through the CALFED process in the coming months to address the long-term challenges of balancing the need to export to south-of-the-Delta contractors and provide environmental protection and restoration. Reclamation and the other agencies in CALFED remain committed to working closely to resolve both short-term and long-term water reliability and operational flexibility issues.
In the 90-percent exceedence forecast, the allocation for CVP Eastside Division contractors (Stanislaus River) is projected to be zero percent. In the 50-percent exceedence forecast, the allocation is projected to be approximately 12 percent of the contracted amount.
Reclamation is also making a preliminary water allocation for the San Joaquin portion of the CVP (also included is the Friant Division and the Cachuma Project) for WY 2004. A preliminary allocation of 75 percent of Class 1 water supply is based on a very conservative forecast for January 1, 2004, prepared by DWR. Reclamation will provide an official allocation on February 16, 2004.
Throughout the precipitation season, updated information will be provided as conditions warrant. To receive the latest forecast on CVP operations, contact Paul Fujitani at 916-979-2197. In the coming months, additional information will be posted on the Mid-Pacific Region's website at www.usbr.gov/mp/.
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