Friday November 4, 2022

California Department of Water Resources

As California enters a possible fourth dry year, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released its biennial report to help water managers better understand how key factors, like climate change and regulatory and operational considerations, affect the operation of the State Water Project (SWP) under historical and future scenarios.

The State Water Project provides water to 27 million Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland throughout the state. In the State Water Project Final Delivery Capability Report 2021, there are estimates on the SWP’s water delivery capability for current and future conditions based on three major factors:

  • The effects of population growth on California’s balance of water supply and demand
  • State legislation intended to help maintain a reliable water supply
  • Impact of potential climate change-driven shifts in hydrologic conditions.

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