Water Management Program Information

The Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992 for the first time committed Reclamation to providing substantial amounts of water for environmental management, with stipulations from Congress that this supply should be assured through greater efficiencies in farm and urban use. The CVPIA was a significant building block toward achieving the Bay-Delta Accord and the CALFED program of intergovernmental coordination in Bay-Delta watershed management.

Agricultural & Urban Criteria

The Bureau of Reclamation has revised the criteria for evaluating water conservation plans required by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992. The act specifies that these criteria are to be used to evaluate plans prepared by Central Valley Project contractors to meet the water conservation requirements of the 1982 Reclamation Reform Act. The plans must meet the criteria established by the Bureau of Reclamation. The act requires revision of the criteria every three years.

  • 2020 Standard Criteria and Planner (PDF - 2.5 MB)
    • Plan Format Template
    • Plan Review Form
    • Ag Annual Reporting Tool
    • Urban BMP Annual Update Form
    • Urban Water Management Plan Crosswalk Table
    • 2020 Ag Tables
    • 2020 Urban Tables
    • 2020 Combined Tables

    For questions please contact David T. White at (916) 978-5208.

    Refuge Criteria

    The Bureau of Reclamation has created the Refuge Criteria in order to provide a common methodology or standard for efficient use of water by Federal Wildlife Refuges, State wildlife management areas and resource conservation Districts that receive water under provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA). Refuges that entered into water supply contracts with Reclamation, as a result of the CVPIA and subsequent Department of the Interior administrative review process (Administrative Proposal), are required to prepare Refuge Water Management Plans using the Refuge Criteria.

    To obtain a copy of the documents below please contact Gene Lee at (916) 978-5219.

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    Last Updated: 1/7/22