The Department of Water Resources has announced an initial water allocation for the State Water Project (SWP) contractors of only 5 percent of their contracted water supply for 2014. The news comes off of a recent report by the National Weather Service that 2013 is on track to be the driest calendar year on record for California.
Governor Brown’s administration signaled its commitment to providing the state with a safe and reliable future water supply with the release of the draft California Water Action Plan, which provides a path forward for addressing the state’s complex and growing water management challenges.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is designed to meet the two coequal goals established by the Legislature in 2009: creating a more reliable water supply and restoring the Delta ecosystem. According to a recent analysis by the Natural Resources Agency, the "portfolio alternative," which has been championed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and several other groups, does neither.