Updates to the Coordinated Long-Term Operation of the CVP and SWP and Related Facilities

On August 2, 2016, Reclamation requested reinitiation of Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on the Coordinated Long-Term Operation (LTO) of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP). Several factors resulted in Reclamation requesting reinitiation of consultation under the ESA, including the apparent decline in the status of several listed species, new information related to recent multiple years of drought, and the evolution of best available science.

Initial Actions

Reclamation intends to evaluate actions to increase water supply.

Long-Term Actions

Reclamation proposes to evaluate alternatives that maximize water deliveries and optimize marketable power generation consistent with applicable laws, contractual obligations, and agreements; and to augment operational flexibility by addressing the status of listed species.

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Last Updated: 8/21/18