December Storms Allow for Modest Increase in Planned SWP Deliveries

  • by ACWA Staff
  • Jan 20, 2022
  • Water News

The Department of Water Resources today announced it is increasing the State Water Project allocation to 15% of requested supplies for 2022. Last month, due to low water levels, DWR announced that the initial allocation would cover only critical health and safety needs of the 29 water agencies that contract to receive supplies from the State Water Project.

“December storms enabled DWR to convey and store water in San Luis Reservoir, which allows for a modest increase in water deliveries this year,” DWR Director Karla Nemeth stated in a DWR news release. “But severe drought is not over. Dry conditions have already returned in January. Californians must continue to conserve as the state plans for a third dry year.”

In addition to the modest increase in State Water Project allocation to 15%, DWR will continue to work with its water supply contractors to address any unmet health and safety needs for 2022.

The storms that occurred in October and December of last year allowed for the movement of about 380,000 acre-feet of water into the State Water Project’s share of San Luis Reservoir, according to a news release from the State Water Contractors.

“We are pleased that the winter storms combined with the State Water Project’s ability to move and store water have made this increased allocation possible,” Jennifer Pierre, General Manager of the State Water Contractors, stated in a news release. “Unfortunately, this doesn’t come close to ending the drought or the risk to water supplies throughout the State. 2020 and 2021 combined were the two driest years in California’s statewide precipitation record ever, and it will take more than a few storms here or there to mitigate the impacts of multiple dry years. We cannot rely on the Sierra snowpack reservoir alone anymore. While we all continue to hope for more favorable hydrology, investments in SWP infrastructure must be aggressively pursued to ensure climate resiliency into the future.”

Although DWR is making this allocation increase, it continues to plan for a third consecutive dry year. DWR will preserve as much storage as possible in Lake Oroville, the State Water Project’s largest reservoir. Water releases from Lake Oroville will be prioritized to maintain water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta, protect endangered species and meet senior water right needs.

Additionally, DWR, along with its federal partners at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, withdrew the application for a Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) for February 1 through April 2022. The petition would have provided flexibility for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project to release less water into the Delta through April 2022 to conserve limited stored water in Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs. While Shasta continues to be in a critical condition, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs are projected to meet downstream water quality needs through the spring.

“The next two months are traditionally the heart of California’s rainy season,” Nemeth stated. “We need more storms to keep filling up our reservoirs to make up for two critically dry years.”

Each year, DWR makes an initial State Water Project allocation on Dec. 1. Allocations are updated as snowpack and runoff information are assessed, with a final allocation typically determined in May or June.

DWR will conduct the next snow survey in the Sierra at the beginning of February. Currently the statewide snowpack is at 113% of average for this date and 58% of the seasonal average.

 

Suggested Resources

15 RESOURCES prev next
Collecting Service Charges on the Property Tax Bill

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Allocations for Groundwater Cleanup and Water Recycling Projects in the Budget Act

Agency: State Water Resources Control Board Subject: Proposed Plan to Utilize the Allocation from the Budget Act of 2021 for the […]

Water Infrastructure Polling Highlights

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

ACWA 2022 Spring Conference Attorney Programs

Presentations from the Attorney Programs held during ACWA’s 2022 Spring Conference & Exhibition May 3-4 in Sacramento are available below. […]

Regulatory Roundup

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Administrative Documents of a Regulation for the Hexavalent Chromium MCL

Agency: State Water Resources Control Board Subject: ACWA and CMUA Comment Letter regarding Administrative Documents of a Regulation for the Hexavalent […]

2021-’22 Water Resilience Funding Sheet

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Federal Regulatory Issues Chart

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Necessity of Protecting Water Systems from CERCLA Liability for PFAS

To: Dear Chairman Carper, Ranking Member Capito, Chairman DeFazio, Ranking Member Graves, Chairman Pallone, and Ranking Member McMorris Rodgers Subject: […]

April 2022 Public Health Goals Report Guidance

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

2021 Year in Review

Although the ongoing pandemic continued to create challenges in 2021, ACWA staff once again proved extraordinary dedication in advocating on […]

ACWA Releases Comprehensive Drought Messaging Toolkit

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Net Energy Metering

Agency: California Public Utilities Commission Subject: Association of California Water Agencies’ Comments on R.20-08-020- Order Instituting Rulemaking to Revisit Net Energy […]

Public Health Goal for Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water

Agency: State Water Resources Control Board Subject: Review of Public Health Goal for Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water Letter excerpt: The […]

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants

Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Subject: Docket ID No. FWS-R8-ES-2021-0108 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Foothill YellowLegged Frog; Threatened […]

Suggested News

15 Articles prev next
WVWD Funds Tap n’ Go Project – 32% Water Savings at Campus

DIAMOND BAR – In honor of Water Awareness Month, Walnut Valley Water District (WVWD) is supporting Diamond Bar High School […]

Governor Newsom’s Proposed Budget Includes Funding for Drought

Gov. Gavin Newsom today unveiled his revised state budget for the 2022-’23 Fiscal Year. The $300.7 billion budget includes several […]

Water Authority Awarded Patent for Pipeline Inspection Tool

The San Diego County Water Authority has been granted its first ever utility patent for a device that inspects interior […]

High School Photo Contest Winners Highlight the Importance and Beauty of Water

CHULA VISTA – Twelve local high school students were honored for their award-winning photographs at the Sweetwater Authority (Authority) Board […]

Roseville introduces community garden to inspire water use efficiency

ROSEVILLE – With nearly 60 percent of household water consumption occurring outdoors, educating customers on water-efficient landscapes is our top […]

Local Business Owner Named New PWD Board Director

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Water District (PWD) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Scott Kellerman, co-owner of Antelope Valley […]

EMWD Celebrates Drinking Water Week with High-Quality Water Supplies

PERRIS — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is celebrating Drinking Water Week by celebrating its most vital service: Delivering safe […]

ACWA’s John P. Fraser Water Leaders Fellowship Awarded to Kaitlyn Chow

SACRAMENTO – The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented its third annual John P. Fraser Water Leaders Fellowship […]

ACWA Presents Leadership Award to SBVWCD General Manager Daniel Cozad

SACRAMENTO – The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented its 2022 Excellence in Water Leadership Award to San […]

Sonoma County Water Agency Receives 2022 Excellence in Innovation Award

SACRAMENTO – The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented the first annual Excellence in Innovation Award to Sonoma […]

DWR Awards $150 Million in SGMA Implementation Funds

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to boost water supply reliability for millions of Californians, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) […]

ACWA Awards Scholarships to Four California College Students

SACRAMENTO – The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has awarded $22,000 in scholarships to four undergraduate students enrolled at […]

Alameda County Water District Receives Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for Excellence

SACRAMENTO – The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented the prestigious Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for […]

MWDOC Public Affairs Manager and Local Artist Unveils Stella #13

This past April, a wave of illustrated, eight-foot-long baby gray whale statuettes, affectionately named “Stella,” flooded Orange County for the […]

EMWD Celebrates Water Awareness Month

PERRIS — With California facing historic drought conditions, there has never been a more important time to appreciate our water […]