Future Transfers of Water and Conveyance Capacity Between the CVP and the California SWP

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics/Hydrology of Arid Lands (H²AL)


On November 24, 1986, the Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) executed an agreement known as the Coordinated Operations Agreement or COA. The signing of the COA was the culmination of years of negotiations between the USBR and the DWR who are, respectively, the operators of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project. The agreement identified the project facilities and water supplies of each party subject to the agreement. It outlined the rights and responsibilities of the parties in meeting their mutual objectives, including a method of numerically computing each Project's share of water available for export from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. One of the primary objectives of the COA is addressed in its 'article 10 which provides the framework for the negotiation of a separate contract to 'assist each party in making more efficient use of the water project facilities and water supplies contemplated in this agreement'. In other words, Article 1$0 contemplates bringing together the CVP's water supplies, which exceed its conveyance capability, with the SWP's conveyance capacity, which exceed its conveyance water supply. The contract will be subject to Congressional ratification.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water reclamation | Water supply | Water treatment | Project management | Water supply systems | Contracts and subcontracts | Bureau of Reclamation | California | United States

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