2021 Consultation on the Coordinated Long-Term Operation of the CVP and SWP

Toyon berries in the foreground share our view of Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake, and Mount Shasta
Photo Credit: Ben Nelson

The federal Central Valley Project (CVP) and the State Water Project (SWP) together provide water for over 25 million Californians, millions of acres of some of the most productive farmland in the world, and 19 federal, state, and local wildlife refuges along the Pacific Flyway. The projects reduce the risks of catastrophic flooding, protect and restore habitat for many rare and unique species, supplement local water supplies for communities, produce zero carbon hydroelectric power, backstop water quality in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta, and support important commercial and recreational fisheries.

On September 30, 2021, the Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources (DWR) requested reinitiation of consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) . FWS and NMFS agreed on October 1. Reinitiation of consultation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was requested due to anticipated modifications to the Proposed Action that may cause effects to ESA-listed species or designated critical habitat not analyzed in the 2019 FWS and NMFS Biological Opinions.

Shasta StoryMap Chapter 1 - Operating Shasta in a New Climate: As the Bureau of Reclamation reinitiates of consultation on the long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project under the Endangered Species Act, this multimedia presentation explains the amazing degree of complexity and challenges facing planners as they ponder the operation of Shasta Reservoir in a new paradigm.

Shasta StoryMap Chapter 2 - Applied Science and Analysis of Alternatives: Chapter 2 of the Shasta StoryMap delves into the extensive and multitiered modeling tools used to help planners envision scenarios and propose operations alternatives designed to achieve water supply reliability in an environmentally sustainable manner.

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Last Updated: 11/29/23