First Drought Contingency Plan Contributions Triggered from Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico

A recent photo of Lake Mead shows the reservoir’s reduced levels, although good hydrology in 2019 did increase levels enough to prevent a shortage declaration. The most recent figures by the Bureau of Reclamation place Lake Mead at level 1,089 feet, fourteen feet above the trigger for a shortage declaration and mandatory reductions. However, even at 1,089 feet, the first ever contributions to the river — affecting Arizona, Nevada and Mexico — under the Drought Contingency Plan will be implemented as part of 2020 river operations.

It has been well documented that the Colorado River has experienced a positive year hydrologically thanks to record snowfalls in 2019. Through the weather patterns this year, the impacts of drought on the river eased enough so that a shortage declaration was avoided for 2020 and is expected to be avoided in 2021 and possibly beyond. The good news clearly was reason for a

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State Water Leaders Speak of the Need for Water Resiliency and Portfolio Concept During Meeting in San Diego

California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot discusses Gov. Gavin Newsom’s April Executive Order to develop a water portfolio plan for the State’s water resiliency during a panel discussion held in San Diego July 18 organized by the San Diego County Water Authority.

California’s water resiliency was the focus of a panel discussion held Thursday, July 18 in San Diego with key State water leaders in attendance, including California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot, Deputy Natural Resources Secretary Tom Gibson, State Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, and State Water Resources Control Board Chair E. Joaquin Esquivel. An additional 150 leaders in water, local government, business, farming and environmental justice, along with tribal leaders, also participated in the event, which was meant to consider the future of California’s water management in the wake of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s April Executive Order calling for a water resiliency portfolio that

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Water Authority Board Approves Moving Forward with New Study of a Regional Conveyance System between the Imperial Valley and San Diego

Pictured is a map indicating three potential routes for a proposed regional conveyance system that would move Quantification Settlement Agreement conserved water directly from the Imperial Valley to San Diego. Two of the routes (the light blue and purple lines) follow a southern route. The third proposed route, (shown in both a yellow and darker blue line) follows a northern path.

With a focus on prudent future planning for the San Diego area, our regional partners, and the State, the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors adopted a two-year budget on Thursday, June 27, that includes moving forward with a two-phase study of a regional conveyance system that could move Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) transfer water directly between the Imperial Valley and San Diego. The Colorado River Aqueduct currently conveys this water north before it flows to San Diego. This new study, which would be completed over the

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