October 14, 2008 14:51 ET

DWR San Diego Workshop on Water Conditions Changes Location

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - October 14, 2008) - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will hold a workshop in San Diego on October 21, 2008, to summarize current water conditions and preparations for the possibility that 2009 may be a dry year. The workshop is relocating to the North City Reclamation Facility from the originally announced City Administration Building. The workshop will still begin at 10 a.m. and end at approximately 2 p.m.; location information and the agenda are below.

                North City Reclamation Facility
                   4949 Eastgate Mall Road
                          San Diego

            Opening remarks & statewide water conditions
            Meteorological conditions & outlook
            The Colorado River outlook
            Long-term comparison to past droughts
            Preparing for a dry 2009
            Droughts and the California Emergency Services Act
            Plans for 2009 at the local level

Water years 2007 and 2008 were dry for much of California, and storage in many of the state's reservoirs and groundwater basins has been dropping as a result. Statewide reservoir storage now stands at about 75 percent of average for this time of year. In 2008, regulatory protections for listed fish species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta significantly curtailed water project exports from the Delta to the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. In June, the Governor issued Executive Order S-06-08 ( declaring a statewide drought and directing state agencies and departments to take specified actions to address drought conditions. DWR has established a 2009 Drought Water Bank to help facilitate the exchange of water throughout the state and assist water suppliers at risk of experiencing drought-related shortages and requiring supplemental supplies to meet anticipated demands.

Previously, California's last multi-year statewide drought occurred in 1987-92. By the third year of that drought, statewide reservoir storage was about 40 percent of average and did not return to average conditions until 1994. The State Water Project terminated deliveries to agricultural contractors and provided only 30 percent of requested urban deliveries in 1991, the single driest year of that drought.

For background on droughts and drought preparedness, see:

Please email if you plan on attending the San Diego workshop. Free parking is available at the meeting location.