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Video: Taking Advantage of Storm Flows

DWR Director Mark Cowin and USBR Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo respond to storm flow questions at a recent California State Board of Food and Agriculture meeting.

The California Department of Water Resources, which operates the State Water Project, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the Central Valley Project, do not act by themselves. They coordinate closely with partner agencies to exercise flexibility to help protect multiple interests. Decisions about when to release water and when to pump are influenced in great measure by the State Water Resources Control Board, which imposes certain flow and salinity standards in its water rights permits.  In addition, the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service require certain actions to protect the federally listed Delta smelt and Chinook salmon.  These include curtailment of pumping when either species is discovered near the pumping plants.




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2 Responses to Video: Taking Advantage of Storm Flows

  1. SMS says:

    I can say that if you try to just read the transcripts and not listen to this, you will not be able to make any sense of it as the transcripts are misprinting or skipping the conversation. Even if you do listen to this, it may not make any sense due to the complexity. Maybe a future blog can have a website resource listing to help Joe and Jane Public understand this issue a little more clearly. If current weather conditions continue, we are all going to have to be on-board to survive. We can’t work together if the information and facts are not presented clearly.

  2. Please try to capture all runoff in reservoirs for all of California–Do not let excess run to the ocean beyond what is needed.

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