Central Valley project


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Central Valley project,

central Calif., long-term general scheme for the utilization of the water of the Sacramento River basin in the north for the benefit of the farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley in the south, undertaken by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1935. The program's concerns are flood control; improvement of navigation; the development of hydroelectric power, irrigation, and municipal and industrial water supply; protection of the Sacramento delta from seawater encroachment; and the propagation and preservation of fish and wildlife. Shasta and Keswick dams on the Sacramento River, and Friant Dam, on the San Joaquin River, were among the first units built. Canals, such as the Friant-Kern, the Madera, the Delta Cross Channel (which uses Sacramento water to fight soil salinity in the delta), and the Delta-Mendota, are used to transport water throughout the valley. Among the hydroelectric dams are San Luis, Spring Creek, Judge Francis Carr, and Auburn. Folsom Dam is one of the several units constructed in the valley by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
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The West Stanislaus and Patterson Water Districts draw water from San Joaquin River and the Central Valley Project via the Delta Mendota Canal (part of the federal water project).
Jealous landowners of vast barren tracts on the Westside of the southern San Joaquin saw the bonanza of the Central Valley Project and demanded a project of their own.
Established under separate regulatory and legislative authorities, the CVPCP and HRP share the same objective: to benefit federally listed species affected by the Central Valley Project (CVP) in California.
Elliott, representing Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, presented the amendment, which provided that "The excess-land provisions of the Federal reclamation laws shall not be applicable to lands which will receive a water supply from the Central Valley Project, California.
CVP: Central Valley Project KWH: Kilowatt Hours LP: Linear Programming MAF: Million Acre Feet SWP: State Water Project
The time frame referenced is based on interviews of personnel with the Department of Water Resources, the Central Valley Project, and environmental groups.
The West, DeVoto charged, demands continuous federal aid in the form of public works such as the Central Valley Project and the Columbia River basin dams, but condemns federal regulation as being socialistic.
The paper's empirical analysis has direct implications for an important natural resource issue, Central Valley Project (CVP) water allocation policy.
The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for proposed five-year Warren Act contracts with water service contractors within the Sacramento Canals Unit of the Central Valley Project.
Since 1994, the CALFED Delta-Bay and Central Valley Project Improvement Act has provided more than $63 million to buy private lands in California for wetlands mitigation and wildlife enhancement.

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