DWR’s System Reoperation Report & Fact Sheet
In August 2017, DWR released “Assessment of Reoperation Strategies (Phase III Report).”
Key findings of the report include:
- Benefits are limited from reoperating Lake Oroville, Shasta Lake, and Lake McClure individually, and with combined reoperation of Lake Oroville and Shasta Lake, relative to the three reoperation objectives – water supply reliability, flood protection, and ecosystem protection and restoration.
- Central Valley reservoirs are already fairly optimized to meet existing flood and regulatory requirements, and contractual commitments. Study benefits may be overstated because operators occasionally apply these reoperation strategies.
- Operating the State Water Project and Central Valley Project as a single project provides incremental water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration benefits, and combined average annual water deliveries could increase by 100-150 thousand acre-feet per year.
- Reoperation benefits were similar with existing or new Delta conveyance and under current and projected future climate conditions
A Fact Sheet about the report is available here.
For more information on DWR’s System Reoperation Program please visit their website.