CVP Begins New Water Year with 6.9 Million Acre-Feet in Storage

The Central Valley Project began the 2013 water year on Oct. 1 with 6.9 million acre-feet (MAF) of water stored in six key reservoirs, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reported today.

The total carry-over storage represents combined storage at the end of the 2012 water year in Shasta, Trinity, Folsom, New Melones and Millerton reservoirs and the federal share of water in storage in San Luis Reservoir. The 15-year average carry-over for these reservoirs on Oct. 1 is 7 MAF.

Last year at this time, carry-over storage for the CVP was 9.3 MAF.

Precipitation in the 2012 water year was about 83% of the historic seasonal average, or 41.6 inches as measured at eight key locations in Northern California from the Upper Sacramento River watershed near Shasta to the American River watershed near Blue Canyon.

The Bureau will continue to monitor and evaluate hydrologic conditions as they develop. The initial forecast of CVP water supply allocations for the contract year (which begins March 1) will be made in late February.

The allocation will be adjusted monthly or more often if warranted, to reflect the updated snowpack and runoff. The current allocations and other background information are available here.