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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

State Water Project Finishes Year with 45% Allocation

The final allocation for the state water project has been now been set and it came in at a whopping 45 percent.  This, despite a year that has seen well above normal rainfall and snow pack levels. 

Ongoing pumping restrictions in the Delta are known to have had an effect on this seemingly low final allocation, but what other factors may have played a role in this lower than expected figure?

You can see the CA Department of Water Resources (DWR) write up about the final allocation here, which includes the water deliveries for State Water Contractors (Including MWD, who supplies Long Beach with roughly 40 percent of its water supply):

http://www.water.ca.gov/swpao/docs/notices/10-10.pdf

Here also is DWR's press release on the final allocation:

http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/05202010finalallocation.pdf

If California is dry again next year, as it was during the three years prior to 2009-2010, it will be very interesting to see how far State Water Project deliveries continue to decrease.

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