The California Department of Water Resources (DWR), which had previously announced an initial State Water Project (SWP) contract allocation of 30 percent on November 29, 2012, increased that allocation on December 21, 2012 to 40 percent.
Early season storms have been identified as responsible for the increase in DWR’s water delivery estimate. These early season storms have replenished reservoirs and deepened the mountain snow pack.
Lake Oroville and Shasta Lake, the State Water Project’s and federal Central Valley Project’s principal storage reservoirs, respectively, are each measuring over 100 percent of normal for the date. Additionally, the mountain snowpack held 93 percent of average water content for the date.
The SWP allocation is expected to further increase as more winter storms roll in.
A copy of DWR's official notice to SWP contractors can be found by clicking here.
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