State Water Resources Control Board Supportive of California Natural Resources Agency’s Progress on SSMP

Pictured is a portion of a ground roughening dust suppression project implemented by the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) at the Salton Sea on the sea’s southern end. To date, IID, working as part of the Quantification Settlement Agreement Joint Powers Authority made of up IID, the San Diego County Water Authority, Coachella Valley Water District and the state, has implemented some 2,000 acres of projects on exposed playa with another 7,000 acres in planning phases. Meanwhile, the California Natural Resources Agency is taking steps to implement its Salton Sea Management Plan (SSMP), a phased approach to restoration at the sea. On Aug. 19, the State Water Resources Control Board held a virtual workshop to receive an update on the SSMP.

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) voiced support during a workshop held Aug. 19 for the most recent steps taken by the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) to implement

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Lake Mead Reaches Highest Level in Years Despite Continued Dry Conditions

This photo taken at Lake Mead in February shows the impacts of the prolonged drought on the reservoir, which serves the California water agencies that depend on the Colorado River for some or all of their water. However, there is positive news as the elevation at Lake Mead has reached its highest point since 2014, and that is due in large part to efforts in California to reduce water use and conserve, record levels of storage from California in the reservoir in 2019, and the implementation of the Drought Contingency Plan.
Photo Courtesy of the San Diego County Water Authority

During these challenging times when so many are affected by
the Coronavirus, it becomes even more critical that essential services are
there to meet community needs. One of those essential services is the
availability of water. With so much attention focused on the pandemic, it might
be easy to forget that the Colorado River

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Draft Study Highlights Options for Conveyance of QSA water, regional benefits to Southwest

The graphic shows three routes for a proposed alternative conveyance system to move conserved transfer water under the Quantification Settlement Agreement. Under Phase A of a two-year Regional Conveyance System Study by the San Diego County Water Authority, the three routes were reviewed, and a draft report released June 12 shows that building such a conveyance system is both cost competitive as a long-term approach to conveying conserved QSA water and could bring multiple benefits to stakeholders in California, in particular the Southwest.

A draft report released June 12 by the San
Diego County Water Authority shows that building a new conveyance system to
transport regional water supplies from the Colorado River Quantification
Settlement Agreement is cost-competitive with other long-term options for
meeting the region’s water needs.

The draft Phase A report is under review by
water officials across the region. The Water Authority’s Board of Directors is
expected to decide whether to move to Phase

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