Changes to Central Valley Project and State Water Project Operations 
Changes to Central Valley Project and State Water Project Operations 

Delta smelt, a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act that is covered in the biological opinions for CVP and SWP operations. 

On February 19, 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation issued a Record of Decision (ROD) on the reinitiation of consultation on the coordinated long-term operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project.  At the same time, the President signed a memorandum on developing and delivering more water supplies in California. The Department of the Interior issued a press release describing these actions. 

The execution of the ROD signals the shift from operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project under the biological opinions issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service in 2008 and 2009, respectively, to updated biological opinions issued in 2019.  In the moments before the Trump Administration took these actions, the Sacramento Bee reported that the Newsom Administration announced it will be challenging the 2019 biological opinions in short order.

  • Paul S. Weiland
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    Paul Weiland is chair of Nossaman’s Environment & Land Use Group. He focuses his practice on litigation, permitting, and compliance counseling. Paul’s clients include public agencies, publicly regulated utilities, private ...

Nossaman’s Endangered Species Law & Policy blog focuses on news, events, and policies affecting endangered species issues in California and throughout the United States. Topics include listing and critical habitat decisions, conservation and recovery planning, inter-agency consultation, and related developments in law, policy, and science. We also inform readers about regulatory and legislative developments, as well as key court decisions.

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