Operation of the Central Valley Project During California's Drought

by John F. Burke, Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


The Federal Central Valley Project is one of the country's major water resource developments. A severe 5-year drought has tested the capabilities of the CVP to meet its authorized purposes. At the same time, California's booming population, and increasing emphasis on environmental issues, have challenged the Bureau of Reclamation's CVP operators to do more with less. Decisions made during the drought have had to prioritize commitments and allocate the limited water supplies among competing uses and under intense public scrutiny. The processes leading up to the outcome of the drought operations of the CVP may be instructive to water resource managers.

Subject Headings: Droughts | Hydro power | Water resources | Resource management | Water shortage | Professional societies | Population projection | Bureau of Reclamation | California | United States

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