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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Water Authority Board Visits Imperial Valley For a Tour That Highlights Critical Projects and Builds Relationships

Members of the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors and staff are pictured with Imperial Valley farmers and Imperial Irrigation District staff at the southwestern end of the All-American Canal during the Water Authority’s Jan. 30 tour of the Imperial Valley.

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors visited the Imperial Valley January 30 for a day-long tour that highlighted the Salton Sea mitigation and restoration efforts, conservation efforts under the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA), and areas critical to the agency’s Regional Conveyance System Study.

The tour also was important as a way to bring the Water Authority Board together with Imperial Valley farmers, and Imperial Irrigation District (IID) and Imperial County representatives to get to know each other and strengthen relationships by discussing both the challenges unique to each area but also those issues that the Valley and San Diego regions have in common.


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