Water Supply Conditions
Water Planning Committee
April 24, 2014
Presented by:
Lesley Dobalian, Water Resources Specialist
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State Water Project Table A Allocation
 CY 2014 Table A allocation increased to 5% on April 18
 February and March sto...
Northern Sierra 8-Station Precipitation Index, April 24, 2014
Statewide Snowpack Conditions
 April 1st Conditions: 32% of normal statewide
 DWR’s 4th Manual Snow Survey
 Date of typ...
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Water Year Unregulated Inflow to Lake Powell
Upper Colorado River Basin Supply Cond...
Fiscal Year Potable Water Use in
Water Authority Service Area
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A = Above Average
B = Below Average
EC = Equal Chances
Temperature Outlook
Valid May – July 2014
 Ongoing extreme dro...
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Water Supply Conditions presentation given at the April 24, 2014 San Diego County Water Authority Water Planning Committee Board meeting.
Presented by Lesley Dobalian, Water Resources Specialist

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Water Supply Conditions

  1. 1. Water Supply Conditions Water Planning Committee April 24, 2014 Presented by: Lesley Dobalian, Water Resources Specialist
  2. 2. 2 State Water Project Table A Allocation  CY 2014 Table A allocation increased to 5% on April 18  February and March storms modestly increased SWP reservoir storage  DWR encouraging collaboration among SWP contractors  Implement extraordinary one-year transfers or multi-year exchange agreements with other agencies  Drought Operations Plan and Operational Forecast  Joint USBR and DWR plan on SWP and CVP operations  Addresses health and safety needs, salinity control in the Delta, and fish and wildlife protection
  3. 3. Northern Sierra 8-Station Precipitation Index, April 24, 2014
  4. 4. Statewide Snowpack Conditions  April 1st Conditions: 32% of normal statewide  DWR’s 4th Manual Snow Survey  Date of typical maximum accumulation for the season  April 23rd Conditions: 17% of normal statewide  Warm and dry conditions causing early snowmelt 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014* 35% Statewide Water Year Runoff Average *Forecasted water year runoff as of April 1, 2014
  5. 5. 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 120% 140% 103% Water Year Unregulated Inflow to Lake Powell Upper Colorado River Basin Supply Conditions *US Bureau of Reclamation WY 2014 forecast made on April 2, 2014 Average  Long-term drought on the basin, but WY 2014 is normal  44% chance of shortage declaration in 2016  Would affect Nevada and Arizona before California, although MWD’s ability to take Lake Mead reserves would be restricted
  6. 6. Fiscal Year Potable Water Use in Water Authority Service Area 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr* May Jun Acre-Feet Water Use FY13 (AF) Water Use FY14 (AF) July – April of FY 2014 is 4% more than in FY 2013 *Note: April 2014 water use is estimated Rainfall Lindbergh Field FY 2013: Dec – Apr: 63% of normal FY 2014: Dec – Apr 20: 38% of normal Warmer and drier Dec – Apr in FY 2014 Ave Daily Max Temp (º F) FY 2013: Dec – April was 0.8°F cooler than normal FY 2014: Dec – April 20 was 4.0°F warmer than normal
  7. 7. 9 v A = Above Average B = Below Average EC = Equal Chances Temperature Outlook Valid May – July 2014  Ongoing extreme drought conditions in California  Upper Colorado River Basin conditions are normal  MWD projects significant storage utilization in 2014  Detailed report expected in May on MWD’s projected storage utilization  Above average temperatures forecasted into the summer  Over 50% chance of El Niño developing in summer Conclusion Made on April 17, 2014 by the Climate Predication Center

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