Reclamation Announces Two-Day Public Workshop on Coordinated Operation of CVP and SWP

SWP&CVP

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources – in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service – will hold a two-day public workshop in Sacramento this week on the coordinated operation of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project.

The workshop kicks off Wednesday  Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.  The annual review workshop is in response to a 2009 National Marine Fisheries Service Biological and Conference Opinion that the CVP/SWP coordinated operation was likely to jeopardize the existence of several federally listed species under NMFS jurisdiction. Consequently, NMFS provided a reasonable and prudent alternative and included a provision for an annual science peer review and workshop on the operation of the CVP and SWP.

This year’s annual review will focus on the NMFS long-term operation opinion specific to Clear Creek  actions. The workshop also will focus on spring 2012 Delta operations. The workshops are designed to provide an independent review panel (IRP) a forum for presentations and discussions of technical reports and to incorporate new science. The IRP also will inform NMFS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service whether the desired effectiveness was accomplished by prior year’s water operations.

The workshop runs Wednesday Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Thursday Nov. 1 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Park Tower Conference Center, 980 Ninth St., Second Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814.

To participate in the workshop via web link go here http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?sigKey=mymeetings&i=749552140&p=OCAP&t=c To call in for audio access dial 1-877-402-9753, passcode 1882129. For more information contact Donna Garcia at Reclamation at 916 979-0264 or email dcgarcia@usbr.gov, or call Lindsay Correa, Delta Stewardship Council, at 916 445 0092 or email lcorrea@deltacouncil.ca.gov. Meeting materials are available at the Delta Science Program website at http://www.deltacouncil.ca.gov/science-program.