A Drought Operations Plan for California was released this week providing a two-scenario approach for how the state’s two water systems will operate through the drought, according to the Central Valley Business Times. The plan was based on data and water conditions as of March 1; however, because the state experienced a wetter than expected March, it is possible that the plan may be revised to reflect increased water storage amounts which accumulated due to the storms. The Department of Water Resources is in the process of taking the April 1st forecast in account which includes the most recent rain and snow. Initial findings from the department seem to indicate that March’s precipitation amounts fall into the “too little, too late” category, but officially, no determination has been made.
The plan was revealed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources and outlines the goals of how the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP) will deal with the water crisis through November of 2014. It continues drought practices and operations that have been activated since January and was developed in coordination with other federal and state agencies.
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