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Colorado River DCP Signed!

Representatives of seven Western states and the federal government signed a landmark deal on Monday laying out potential cuts in water deliveries through 2026 to reduce the risks of the river’s reservoirs hitting critically low levels. Yet even as they celebrated the deal’s completion on a terrace overlooking Hoover Dam and drought-stricken Lake Mead, state and federal

By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Misc. Water News|

Water Subcabinet

On April 3, a “Water Subcabinet,” addressed members of the Western States Water Council (WSWC), Interstate Council on Water Policy (ICWP), National Water Resources Association (NWRA) and National Water Supply Association (NWSA) at a Water Infrastructure Forum in Washington, D.C. The subcabinet officials included: Tim Petty, Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI)

By |April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Misc. Water News|

Colorado River Basin States/Drought Contingency Plans

On March 19, seven Colorado River Basin States Governors’ representatives and key water districts formally submitted Drought Contingency Plans (DCPs) to Congress for immediate consideration. Signing the letter requesting action were: Thomas Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources; Peter Nelson, Chairman, Colorado River Board of California; L. James Eklund, Colorado Commissioner, Upper Colorado River

By |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Misc. Water News|

Water Supply Reliability

On February 26, WSWC Executive Director Tony Willardson testified on Water Supply Reliability in the 21st Century before the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans & Wildlife (WOW), Chaired by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA). It was part of a month-long series of hearings examining climate change, including the projected impact of shrinking snowpack,

By |February 26th, 2019|Categories: Misc. Water News|

NOAA Request for Comment on S2S Annotated Outline

NOAA is soliciting comments on the annotated outline of NOAA's draft S2S report The report will serve as a guidepost for NOAA planning and execution, as well as to inform the public and NOAA’s stakeholders on its efforts on subseasonal and seasonal (S2S) forecasting. It will trace the continuum of effort for S2S, from products and

By |July 18th, 2018|Categories: Misc. Water News|

Improved S2S Precipitation Forecasting for Water Management – Recap of 2015/2016 Workshop Series

During 2015 and 2016, the Western States Water Council (WSWC), the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have cosponsored a series of workshops on advancing seasonal prediction of precipitation for the benefit of western water resource management. Currently, the ability to skillfully predict sub-season (beyond a 15-day

NASA’s Commitment to Landsat

"The Landsat series of satellites is a cornerstone of our Earth observing capability. The world relies on Landsat data to detect and measure land cover/land use change, the health of ecosystems, and water availability. The President's FY2016 request recognizes Landsat's critical importance and sets out a multi-decadal plan for an Earth-observing architecture that ensures data continuity

Soil Moisture! Launch of SMAP Satellite in January

A very nice video describing the SMAP satellite's capabilities. Launch of SMAP is scheduled for January 29, 2015. We'll post the launch video if the satellite makes it into orbit during its launch window. See here for more information on SMAP's mission. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1FX5AmeD2M

NOAA Congressional Briefing Materials

We are debuting several new items highlighting programmatic data and monitoring needs in the West, as well as some of  the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) water programs that are valuable to western water management. Please enjoy! Data and Monitoring Needs for Western Water Management - 5MB NOAA Programs and Western Water Management -